Limestone plinth supports Hungarian holiday home by Kontextus Architecture Studio

Exterior of Clifftop House by Kontextus

A monolithic limestone-clad plinth supports the lightweight steel-framed structure of The Clifftop House, a holiday home in Hungary by Budapest practice Kontextus Architecture Studio.

Located on a limestone cliff, the home is designed by Kontextus Architecture Studio as a simple, “naturalistic” retreat that prioritises its dramatic surroundings and views of Lake Balaton.

Steel-framed exterior of The Clifftop House by Kontextus
Kontextus Architecture Studio has created The Clifftop House

The plinth is intended to appear as a natural part of the cliff, conceived by the studio as a “leftover monolith” left as-found on the site.

“Initially, in collaboration with the client, we strived to incorporate the natural limestone cliff into the design concept, so that the ‘monolith’ design would appear as a continuation of this limestone cliff,” Kontextus founder Gabor Kovacs told Dezeen.

Steel-framed home in Hungary
A monolithic limestone plinth supports its steel-framed structure

Inside, the single-storey plinth contains four bedrooms. It extends out above a basement garage space to form a raised stone terrace with a swimming pool.

Wide stone steps lead to the upper level of The Clifftop House, where the main bedroom and living, dining and kitchen area occupy a lightweight steel “pavilion” supported by the plinth.

Walkway outside steel and glass pavilion in Hungary
The pavilion is fitted with full-height glazing

Facing west, this pavilion is fitted with full-height glazing, including sliding doors that connect the main bedroom and living area to a raised veranda overlooking the pool.

The steel frame of the lighter upper floor is clad with anodised aluminium panels, intended to provide a slight reflection that helps the building blend into the surrounding trees and sky.

Exterior of Clifftop House by Kontextus
It features anodised aluminium panels

“I tried to design the upper floor with a ‘pavilion’ concept in mind to include a more lightweight shape and design, in order to contrast with the first-floor limestone-clad ‘monolith’,” explained Kovacs.

“The slightly reflective aluminium cladding gives a more luminous appearance reflecting the sky, trees, lake, and natural environment,” he continued.

Minimal finishes define the interiors, with the limestone of the plinth left exposed for the floors, becoming a focal point against the white walls and simple furniture and fittings.

“I strived to use similar materials to the external design in the interior design too to achieve a seamless flow,” said Kovacs.

Living room of Clifftop House by Kontextus
Minimal finishes define the interiors

Other homes in Hungary featured on Dezeen include an isolated cabin perched on stilts in a forest by Béres Architects and Long Brick House by Foldes Architects that has a 17-metre-long bookshelf.

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