Contemporary Homes around the World - Philip Jodidio - Taschen Philip Jodidio features Architecture BRIO’s "the Riparian House" in his latest publication with Taschen.  “Homes for our Time - Contemporary Homes around the World” organises 50 stunning projects by architect and brims with crisp photography and plans. The result is an extensive survey of the contemporary house. It reveals that homes across the globe may have more in common than expected.  More so, the 50 homes are each remarkably distinct in design. However they all toe the line between inside and outside, each one in tune with its surroundings. The result is a sweeping survey of the contemporary house.  

The Riparian House

Sitting just below the top of a hill, the 330-square-metre residence has a vegetated roof. It disguises the bulk of the structure from the eastern approach. From the top it seems to be an extension of the natural landscape, enhancing the under-statedness of the house. The roof is a continuation of the steeply sloping terrain and provides an extra usable area for the family. Furthermore, the grassy roof provides an elevated vantage point to take in views of the landscape, with the Irshalgad hill fortress visible to the north.  While the construction of the house is largely masked at the rear, the blocks of limestone that form the property's walls can be seen on its exposed side. The screen of bamboo creates an ever-changing pattern of light and shadow throughout the seasons and times of the day, making the building a 'sensor' of light.