Wednesday, July 10th, 2013 These amazing homes tuck into the landscape, spanning valleys and flowing water

5 Spectacular Bridge Houses


Posted by Becky | View all posts by Becky
4 Comments » | Published in Architecture  |  4 Comments

The idea of a home spanning a valley, creek, crevasse, what have you, is fascinating to me. While we’re all familiar with the jutting cantilever  over the falls at Fallingwater, there are other ways to span flowing waters and valleys. Intrepid architects have attempted this with different styles combined with feats of engineering, creating bridge houses. Here’s a look at some of the most stunning examples around today.

photo by Sam Noonan

This Bridge House is by Max Pritchard Architect, built in 2008. This home is located in Adelaide, Australia and spans a winter creek that babbles along well beneath its floors.

photo by Sam Noonan

photo by Christiaan de Bruijne

This villa in the Dutch Achterhoek was designed by 123DV Architecture and completed in 2011, and is totally self sustainable. Its long horizontal lines suit the park around it.

Taking a step back in time to a mid-century precedent bridge house – this is the Warner House, built in 1958 in New Canaan, Connecticut. I believe I featured it years ago when it was on the market and it was featured on the Modern House Notes blog. The home was designed by John M. Johansen.

Photo via Studio Green Landscape Architecture

This architect of this beautiful home, Stanley Saitowitz | Natoma Architects, decided to place this house in a valley instead of on a hilltop in Marin County, California, fitting into the landscape yet contrasting with it via its strong lines and Corten steel panels that will patina over time. The house, completed in 2005, has elegant heft yet treads lightly on the land. The surrounding landscape is by Studio Green Landscape Architecture. Winter creeks travel underneath the home seasonally.

photo by Curt Clayton

Architect Wilfred John Oskar designed this stunning bridge house in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and it was completed in 2008. The modern structure makes the most of the views of the surrounding bucolic landscape and natural light.

photo by Curt Clayton

Would you live in a bridge house? If so, where would your ideal location for it be?

About Becky:
Hi, I'm Becky. I live in Atlanta. Besides acting as the Editorial Director here on Hatch, you can find me talking design over at Houzz. Make me happy — leave a comment!

About Becky

has written 1620 post in this blog.

Hi, I'm Becky. I live in Atlanta. Besides acting as the Editorial Director here on Hatch, you can find me talking design over at Houzz. Make me happy — leave a comment!


Filed under Architecture  |  4 Comments


  1. Heidi Armster says:

    July 10th, 2013 at 9:41 am (#)

    Hi Becky – So exciting to see my father’s Ann Arbor Bridge House on your blog! My sister found it first, then let us all know (we both live in one of his houses, though not bridge houses!). He has done Bridge Houses for years, one in Guilford, one in Farmington and one in Glastonbury….all CT. But the Ann Arbor house is special in many ways, not least of which is that he earned his degree at the University of Michigan.

    My answer to your question: yes, I would live in a Bridge House (though our house is plenty cool for us too)! Looks like you have some beautiful versions of this idea – nice post! I do enjoy Houzz and will look for your work.

  2. design φωτιστικά says:

    August 5th, 2013 at 5:46 am (#)

    The New Canaan bridge house is my favourite, and even though it builded in 1958 it seems almost new!!!

  3. Elsewhere | Visualingual says:

    August 23rd, 2013 at 4:04 am (#)

    […] 5 Spectacular Bridge Houses: architectural eye candy. […]

  4. κλοουν | παιδικο παρτυ says:

    March 20th, 2014 at 1:27 am (#)

    I wish i had one of these.. Thay are really great!! Back to the nature!!!

Leave a Response