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House Between The Trees by Šebo-Lichý

Working with a steep terrain and three chestnut trees, the team at Slovakia’s Šebo-Lichý had quite a few challenges. The homeowners wanted to keep the trees so they had to design a family home around them and the result is a House Between the Trees, a unique residence inspired by the Mies van der Rohe’s legendary Tugendhat Villa in Brno, Czech Republic.

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Set above the ground on angled pylons, the home hovers out over the steep incline framing the surrounding green landscape. Floor-to-ceiling glass windows make the residents feel like they’re living in a treehouse.

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The sloped plot of lands affords the design two floors underground and two above ground creating ample space for a family.

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The main floor houses the living room and kitchen, which is separated by a freestanding fireplace. The master bedroom, bathroom, and office are also on this floor.

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The floor above houses the children’s bedrooms, each with their own bathroom and patios.

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The floor below there’s a basement with laundry room and home gym. This floor leads you to the outdoor terrace which has a grill and is partially sheltered by the extended floor above. The lowest level contains the garage which connects to the house through a hallway.

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Photos by Tomáš Manina.

Caroline Williamson is Editorial Director of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.