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(Pic) An Architectural Balancing Act

MVRDV designs a remarkable house perched on the edge of a hill.

Lisa Baldini
Lisa Baldini on October 22, 2010.

When many architects see a hill, the automatic reaction is not necessarily to use such uneven landscape as site for a building. Not so for MVRDV. Seeking to work in harmony with the natural landscape, the design firm created the “Balancing Barn,” a summer home that precariously balances on the edge of a slope:

At the midpoint the Barn starts to cantilever over the descending slope, a balancing act made possible by the rigid structure of the building, resulting in 50% of the barn being in free space. The structure balances on a central concrete core, with the section that sits on the ground constructed from heavier materials than the cantilevered section. The long sides of the structure are well concealed by trees, offering privacy inside and around the Barn.

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[via: Arch Daily]

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Lisa Baldini is a regular contributor to PSFK.com. As a student of Graham Harwood, Luciana Parisi, and Matthew Fuller, Lisa's interest in technology lies in how culture is changed from the bottom up through history, materiality, databases, user experience, and affective computing. A student of social media marketing, she sees how people try to engage consumers through technology and how much failure is at hand by misunderstanding the medium. A teacher at heart, she writes and curates in an effort to link the knowledge derived between the academic, art, and business worlds.

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