As a gateway to the outdoors, Bala House by Williamson Williamson Architects is a force of nature
Nestled in the upper plateau of a lush ravine, this house – a new build by Williamson Williamson Architects – balances awe-inspiring space with functionality. Called Bala House for the decommissioned rail path it faces, the challenge was to pay homage to the site while providing a cozy space for day-to-day living. The firm knocked it out of the park.
Built to mimic the feeling of stepping down towards the ravine, the house’s south-facing living room is sunken for added height and light. Though open in plan, the living room achieves intimacy and separation from other house functions with built-in storage units.
Wrap-around Sapele Mahogany and glass sliding doors neatly tuck away to reveal a cantilevered corner, making the forested rear yard a seemingly natural extension of the home. White oak floors add warmth to the space with graduated steps that provide no shortage of seating for entertaining larger groups.