This architectural marvel, located in Paredes, Portugal, was designed by spaceworkers and at first sight, it appears to defy gravity. Look closer and you’ll see that the floors of the tri-level BE house are made of various materials and the middle layer is outfitted with a glass perimeter making you wonder how it doesn’t buckle. From certain angles the glass makes it almost look like it disappears, leaving the massive top floor suspended in mid-air.

A Layered House that Appears to Defy Gravity in main architecture  Category

A Layered House that Appears to Defy Gravity in main architecture  Category

A Layered House that Appears to Defy Gravity in main architecture  Category

Each floor is designed for different functions. The bottom floor contains the service functions of the home, along with a partially covered pool.

A Layered House that Appears to Defy Gravity in main architecture  Category

You could swim under the stairs or even when it’s raining.

A Layered House that Appears to Defy Gravity in main architecture  Category

A Layered House that Appears to Defy Gravity in main architecture  Category

A Layered House that Appears to Defy Gravity in main architecture  Category

The middle floor, which is surrounded by floor-to-ceiling glass windows, is the open area that is used for the public spaces of the house.

A Layered House that Appears to Defy Gravity in main architecture  Category

A Layered House that Appears to Defy Gravity in main architecture  Category

From the inside, the large windows frame the landscape that surrounds the house. The soft gray floors and white ceilings and walls above the glass keep the space light and airy.

A Layered House that Appears to Defy Gravity in main architecture  Category

A Layered House that Appears to Defy Gravity in main architecture  Category

A fireplace is built into a faceted white wall creating a focal point in that room.

A Layered House that Appears to Defy Gravity in main architecture  Category

A Layered House that Appears to Defy Gravity in main architecture  Category

A Layered House that Appears to Defy Gravity in main architecture  Category

A Layered House that Appears to Defy Gravity in main architecture  Category

The upper floor hosts the private family spaces that are partitioned off for privacy, unlike the mostly open floor below.

A Layered House that Appears to Defy Gravity in main architecture  Category

The open second floor is surrounded by plenty of outdoor space letting the residents relax outdoors and enjoy the views.

A Layered House that Appears to Defy Gravity in main architecture  Category

A Layered House that Appears to Defy Gravity in main architecture  Category

Photos by FG+SG.