Ballen Houses designed by LCLA Office and Clara Arango is a perfect symbiosis between nature and architecture, blurring the limit between interior and exterior in the most refined sculptural gesture.
Four volumes are positioned in the steep slope, each one situated in a unique way in relation to the topographic features of the beautiful site. Each structure is clearly different, yet they all share concrete formwork and custom made stainless steel details. The first two houses were completed in 2021. The long house is half sunken in the terrain and more introverted, while the square house is raised four meters over the slope.
One house stands 4 meters over the terrain on a single column, while the long partially sunken house is defined by a retention wall. Stainless steel details, windows and formwork are the same, thus both experiences differ in the way that the structural solutions create two different climates and relationships with the slope, one closer to the ground and the other elevated and more open.
The houses can be rented for short term stays. The long house’s interior area is 75 square meters and has a large roof terrace. The square house is 64 square meters, yet it can accomodate more guests staying overnight. The houses are connected by a path in the common garden.