One of the newest and most popular trends for housing designs when it comes to sloping hills, is cantilevered houses. Not only are such structures awe-inspiring and dramatic in their appearance, but they are also practical pieces of architecture that provide many more opportunities for houses being built on a slope.

The concept of a cantilever is essentially a beam which is anchored at only one end, and overhanging on the other. Because of the connection with the supporting structure, the overhanging part can do so without any external bracing. Cantilever technologies are generally used for bridges and balconies, however, their evolvement into houses has opened up a wonderful new world for housing designs.

Here are five of the most breathtaking cantilevered houses that will be sure to give you a fresh perspective one sloping hills. Rather than being a hindrance for architects, slopes can actually provide endless options and opportunities for truly pioneering design.

1. Anastasia Architects in Brazil

cantilever Brazil

This tremendous house was somewhat unbelievably built on a 30 degree slope in the exotic landscape of Nova Lima, Brazil. The cantilevered balcony not only provides privacy for the residents due to the distance from the street but it also opens up and draws attention to the expansive, picturesque views on the horizon.

2. JCB Architects

cantilever JCB

This ethereal structure was originally designed to emulate the twisting and turning form of a fallen log and its branches. The weathered wood and glass windows seamlessly integrate the house into its natural surroundings, with the cantilevered decks only exemplifying these effects. The extended deck looking out over the surrounding bushland gives the impression that one is almost floating on air.

3. Kidosaki Architects in Japan

cantilever Japan

The sleek design of this truly contemporary Japanese home works to blend it into the natural surrounding, while also providing flawless views of the Mt Asama backdrop. The house is an elevated and cantilevered cube with a few extra pillars for safety. The elegant design by Kidosaki Architects truly makes this house one with the mountainside.

4. Falling Water by Frank Lloyd Wright


Fallingwater, or the Kauffman Residence, was designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright in 1935 in rural south-western Pennsylvania. The house was built partly over a waterfall in the Laurel Highlands of Allegheny Mountains and has a long list of accomplishments to its name. This golden design was remarked by Time as Wright’s “most beautiful job”, was listed as one of Smithsonian’s Life List of 28 Places to visit before you die, designated a National Historic Landmark in 1966 and is even still being recognised as it was ranked 29th on the list of ‘America’s Favorite Architecture’ according to the AIA in 2007.


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