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Cloud House blends modern architecture with the Alps of New Zeland

The Cloud House nestled between the snowy peaks of the Southern Alps in Queensland, New Zealand, is a visionary piece of architecture creating a delicate juxtaposition with the natural environment

Illya Rastvorv, a Ukraine-based architect is the mastermind behind the design of the Cloud House. Illya is the winner of the CANactions Youth Competition 2019.

The façade has been designed to obtain a camouflage effect with the frosty peaks surrounding it.

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The Cloud House is named after the white stainless-steel membrane that covers the upper section of the building.

This membrane merges with the soft clouds encasing it and creates a prominent visual delight for the eye.

The Cloud House translates the words “form follows function” into a physical composition. The stainless-steel membrane is not only eye-catching but also functional as it serves as a sun diffuser and a heater/cooler.

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The spatial composition of the House is smoothly divided into two levels. The visually light cloud shaped structure is placed upon a coarse concrete base that breaks the elevation change of the hillside.

A slight gap created between the levels creates an interesting dynamic amidst the Queensland scenery, making the Cloud House a fantasy abode and a great architectural design.

“Architecture should speak of its time and place, but yearn for timelessness.” – Frank Gehry

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