Bistrica House by I / O architects

Bistrica House by I / Oarchitects - exterior clad in branches

Bistrica House by I /O architects - exterior clad in branches

Detail of exterior mesh made of natural branches

Detail of exterior mesh made of natural branches

Bulgarian based I/O Architects have designed this phenomenal example of native building style embedded into a modern concept. Located in a small mountain village, now a quarter of Sofia, this house is a simple volume floating over the steep triangular plot. The open space below is intended as a martial arts training hall hidden in the slope. The plan is organized between the two solid walls, the veranda, the intermediate space of the stair and the small courtyard/opening in the centre. A suspended hand-woven wooden sticks wattle unifies the external and the internal spaces, serving both as cladding on the blind walls and shading in front of the glazing. The elevated position of the house reveals unexpected view over the surroundings.
More about I/O architects here.

Inside detail of roof skylights

Inside detail of roof skylights

Another view of exterior made from entwined branches

Another view of exterior made from entwined branches

Plan - main level

Plan - main level

Section of the house

Section of the house

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