Who doesn't enjoy a good, gravity-defying angle?
Sometimes, there’s nothing like a good slant. It turns a building from an ordinary rectangle into something more: a monolith, a colossus, a force of reckoning. Although far from uncommon, the slant is still rare enough to be an architectural unicorn with just a hint of gravity-defying magic. And with the increased use of solar panels, the slant is also sometimes a functional choice. Like we said, it’s magical.
ZEB Pilot House by Snøhetta
The ZEB Pilot House is a measurable example of zero emission building designed by Norwegian architecture firm Snøhetta in collaboration with The Research Center on Zero Emission Buildings (ZEB). And its jaunty slant is not just for style! The slant is specifically calculated in order for the rooftop solar panels to best absorb the sun’s rays.
Strandkanten by 70°N Arkitektur
Apparently, Norwegians love a good slant. Also located in Norway, Strandkanent is a series of residential buildings designed by 70°N Arkitektur. The structures look ready to topple right into the waters of the Tromsø strait – almost as if a siren was beckoning them from below.
Giraffe House by Monk Mackenzie
When the Auckland Zoo found itself with too many giraffes on its hands, the multidisciplinary studio Monk Mackenzie stepped up to create a new house for the creatures. The slanted structure was inspired by the animal’s long, elegant neck and also specifically built to accommodate this same unique physiological structure.
Konzerthaus Blaibach by Peter Haimerl Architektur
Peter Haimerl Architektur designed a stone-clad concert hall for the German town of Blaibach. While the actual concert hall is underground, the exterior of the building is a gently sloping monolith.
Edge House by Mobius Architekci
Nestled into a hillside of excavated limestone in Krakow, the Edge House is a stone-like colossus in its own right. Designed by Mobius Architekci, the house perfectly follows the angle of the hill, which both integrates the home into its surroundings as well as creates a unique terraced structure that allows for access to the garden from all levels.
Squish Studio by Saunders Architecture
Fogo Island is an unsuspecting locale for innovative architecture, but thanks to structures like Squish Studio, it has quickly put itself in the architectural spotlight. Todd Saunders of Saunders Architecture was commissioned to design six artists’ studios around the island, including this slanted structure in pristine white.
Zufferey House by Nunatak Sàrl Architectes
With its external skin of slate, the Zufferey House in Wallis, Switzerland, could almost be a relic from the adjacent mountains. Nunatak Sàrl Architectes created a convention-defying landmark that fully embraces the slant.
It seems only appropriate to round out the list with another Norwegian creation. The Polaria Museum in Tromsø resembles an installation of giant dominoes that has been artfully left to serve as a public space. It is the slant multiplied.