Hillside house is a modern family home in Warwickshire; its design has been developed through an understanding of the site and its context. Architect Ranbir Lal was inspired by the surrounding natural environment and the local appreciation of contemporary architecture that stretches back 200 years.
The most distinctive design element in this house is a large cantilever which is cranked at 15° creating a dramatic approach to the building and also acts as like a brise-soleil. The challenge for Rodrigues Associates is to create a structural scheme for the large cantilever without impeding the design of the first and second floor structure. This will be achieved through the design of three principle trusses that will provide stiffeners for the cantilever frame. The trusses will be absorbed into the side walls and across the expansive front of the cranked cantilever. The house structure will be counterbalanced by the weight of the structure behind the cantilever and the pad foundations.