The Falcon House is a modular, prefabricated home with an upside-down layout and off-grid capabilities designed by sustainable architecture studio Koto.
Koto, an architecture studio known for building Scandinavian-inspired modular homes, is familiar with sustainable design. While sustainability is also no stranger to modern home building, Koto has made an art of designing off-grid prefab homes that can be assembled in a mountainside forest as well as a suburban residential street. . Envisioning their latest project, the Falcon House, on top of a hill right next to a misty lake, Koto achieves a carbon neutral design by reversing the layout of the house.
Partly submerged in the surrounding woods, the falcon house emerges from the nearby forest with sharp angles and a geometric silhouette. Designed to maximize the total living space and the available views of the surrounding landscape, Koto has turned the layout of the Falcon House upside down. Nicknamed the Upside Down House, Koto’s final house is defined by two cuboid modules stacked almost perpendicular to each other.
The highest module is where the cohabitation spaces of the house are kept, such as dining rooms and living rooms, as well as the kitchen. There, Koto illuminated the home’s interiors with double-glazed floor-to-ceiling windows that draw puddles of sunlight inside throughout the day.
Downstairs on the ground floor of the house are the two main bedrooms of the house, a bathroom, a shower and a utility closet. Opting for a warmer and more intimate feel, the lower module only features a single set of sliding glass doors, improving the nesting quality of the interior.
When building the Falcon House, Koto used a “plug-and-play” building system, where all of the house’s modules are built and prefabricated off-site before being assembled on-site. The dark cross-laminated timber exterior of the Falcon House contrasts with the whitewashed paneled walls of the interior. Reminiscent of Yakisugi, a Japanese wood charring process that waterproofs wooden building materials, the black exterior of the Falcon House becomes a cloak in the darkness of the night.
Upstairs, are the living spaces of cohabitation of the house.
The module on the ground floor contains the bedrooms and bathrooms of the house.
Natural, unadorned walls panel the interior of the Falcon House.
The kitchen rediscovers rusticity and warmth through Scandinavian-inspired interior design elements.