Topo House by Johnsen Schmaling Architects

Topo House by Johnsen Schmaling Architects is based on early conceptual studies of the site’s topography. As a result, the house blends well with its topographic surroundings, submerged into the ground with a copper roof that slowly emerges. Not only does the architecture of the house act as a continuation of surrounding topography, but the house also blends with the surrounding ecosystem by use of energy efficient fixtures and heating, a vegetated roof, and the direction water run-off into rain gardens that host native plants. The project is a beautiful demonstration of how a building can reflect and merge with its context, blurring the boundaries between landscape and architecture

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