This house enjoys 360 degree views of the surrounding agricultural area

Observation House by I/O architects

Photography by Assen Emilov

 

I/O architects have designed the Observation House, a home located in Northeast Bulgaria, that features exterior walls made from gabions, and a top floor with amazing views.

 

Observation House by I/O architects

Photography by Assen Emilov

The designer’s description

The house is located on a hill in the highest corner of a village amid an agricultural area in Northeast Bulgaria.

Observation House by I/O architects

Photography by Assen Emilov

The site of the project is distinguished both by its panoramic views and distant visibility.

Observation House by I/O architects

Photography by Assen Emilov

In order to strengthen them, a part of the program is located in the seemingly blind bastion-like volume and the living area is elevated high on it.

Observation House by I/O architects

Photography by Assen Emilov

This brings view completion up to 360 degree and privacy in the fully opened space above.

Observation House by I/O architects

Photography by Assen Emilov

The pitched roof connects geometrically the upper volume with the base and adds complexity in the interior space while the oversized eaves connect it to the little meadow around and exaggerate the hovering effect of the slim metal structure.

Observation House by I/O architects

Photography by Assen Emilov

The proportion and the materiality of the solid base give it the appearance of an infrastructural object that define the edge of the village and conceal the ambitious program of the house.

Observation House by I/O architects

Photography by Assen Emilov

The only perforation leads to the cave like space of the entrance hall / garage.

Observation House by I/O architects

Photography by Assen Emilov

The materiality of the interior spaces is dominated by local species wood cladding, which balances the roughness of the entire structure and its surroundings.

Observation House by I/O architects

Photography by Assen Emilov

Observation House by I/O architects

Photography by Assen Emilov

Observation House by I/O architects

Photography by Assen Emilov

Observation House by I/O architects

Photography by Assen Emilov

Observation House by I/O architects

Photography by Assen Emilov

Observation House by I/O architects

Photography by Assen Emilov

Observation House by I/O architects

Photography by Assen Emilov
Design: I/O architects | design team: Viara Jeliazkova, Georgi Katov, Stefan Apostolov

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