From a distance, Hemishofen House looks like an impossible structure. The cottage home near the banks of the Rhine river in Hemishofen, Switzerland, appears to be propped up on flimsy stilts with no visible staircase up which one could enter the cabin itself. However, walking closer reveals that those stilts are actually decorative (rather than structural), covering the exterior of a glassed-in main floor kitchen, dining room, and living area.
Hemishofen House is surrounded by old Swiss cabins, and the new building does a good job of modernizing while still referencing classic architectural gestures. The gabled roof is a staple of the Swiss countryside, and the home is covered in timber slats that are the same material used in most chalets. Further, the faux-stilts are a clear visual reference to the wood columns that support the deck roofs in Swiss chalets.