Fantasy house by Benoit Challand perched
on stilts in the Scottish highlands


French visual artist Benoit Challand has combined the visual language of Le Corbusier's houses and Santiago Calatrava's sculptures to form a vision for a futuristic self-sustaining house on stilts (+ slideshow).

Roost House by Benoit Challand

Named Roost House, the conceptual residence is depicted in a set of photo-realistic renderings in a remote location in Scotland. It would be raised several storeys above the ground on an angular scaffolding structure.

Roost House by Benoit Challand

Benoit Challand designed the building to reference Villa Savoye and Cabanon, two of the most famous houses by modernist architect Le Corbusier, as well as a series of artistic sculptures by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava.

Roost House by Benoit Challand

According to the artist, the house would generate all of its own heating and electricity. "Using a bunch of new technologies, in terms of building engineering and environmental resources, this house is intended to be fully autonomous," he said.

Roost House by Benoit Challand

Walls both inside and outside the house are pictured clad with timber. Protruding floor plates form balconies around the perimeter, while a vernacular pitched roof is topped with solar panels.

Roost House by Benoit Challand

Residents could access the building by climbing a vertiginous ladder (not shown). There would also be a wind turbine attached to the undersides of the lowest floor.

Roost House by Benoit Challand

Spaces inside the house are visualised containing a selection of iconic furniture designs, including the LC4 chaise lounge by Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret and Charlotte Perriand, and the LCW chair by Charles and Ray Eames.

Roost House by Benoit Challand

Background photography is by Alexis Raimbault.

Roost House by Benoit Challand
Proposed elevations - click for larger image
  • Anders N

    How to you enter the house – jetpack?

    • Abbie

      It is not in the render but the proposed elevations show a staircase… You’d have lovely legs if you lived here for sure.

  • fred9900

    Buying a jetpack for flying up would be a great idea!

  • Bill

    There is no doubt that this artist is supremely talented in rendering, but the “architecture” is just lost here. It’s pointless frivolity at best.

  • Daniel

    This is very much not the language of Le Corbusier – they don’t even look like pilotis, and the rest of the house is certainly too vernacular to get away with naming it anything like his style.

  • Thomas H Wood

    I’m not too sure that this house looks all that safe?
    Also in the blueprints there appears to be a staircase where you can access the house, but in the images there’s no access to the house.

  • Trent

    Like it very much! It breaks away from the typical modern copycat syndrome that modern architecture has become throughout the years.

  • sam

    Is the describing text meant for these pictures?! Agree with other comments – the references to Corb and Calatrava are odd to say the least.

  • Horrorshow groodies

    Is the oversized anemometer there to tell you when it’s about to fall down?

  • iag

    Evidently the artist has never been to the Scottish Highlands to experience the weather. This would blow over in a week, not to mention getting up to the dwelling on an open staircase would be hellish.

    How d’you get furniture etc into it in the first place?

    Nice visualization skills, but why would dezeen showcase this… quiet week?

  • Ashis Panday

    Howl’s moving castle.

  • Rojo99

    What a load of nonsense. And not just impractical but childish. This is the sort of thing you sketched in the margin of your text book during double chemistry when you were 14. And the cliches! Not another Le Corbusier recliner… Is there a Philippe Starck lemon squeezer in the kitchen?

  • A

    How to climb it if i’m not David Copperfield? :)

  • Andres

    No way, Le Corbusier should be rolling in his grave! And Calatrava may be even more worried about this, than for his budget overruns and demands.

  • Colonel Pancake

    When your house is five minutes of chainsawing away from not existing, you might as well just have your employer sign over your paycheck to the insurance company.

  • Adi Lamror

    Nope. Nope. Nope, nope, nope.

  • nofexli

    It’s weird that they created a fantasy and then gave it all this realism, with proper interiors and ideas about being self-sufficient. Why not just admit it’s a folly? That first image is pretty cool, I would love to see a Scottish landscape dotted with such buildings. Much more interesting than a big white bed.

  • Concerned Citizen

    The rendering is a hoax. The first picture, showing the roadway below, indicates that the windows on the lower level are about 40 feet tall. The pipes supporting the house are not in line with each other. The angled pipes shift forward of the vertical pipes by about the width of the structure. And of course, the l/r ratio would collapse those pipes before they were ever loaded. Why does Dezeen consider this worthy of publishing?

  • ScrapPaper

    It reeks of upper-class arrogance. May the plebs will light a bonfire under it, if it ever gets built.

  • amsam

    “Residents could access the building by climbing a vertiginous ladder (not shown).” LOL – Oops!

  • Rebecca Lilley

    Access also by retractable drawbridge from level nearest to mountainside. Good for recent flood ridden fields/in our area of UK at present!

  • mm

    Why not leaving Le Corbusier rest in peace and keeping on doing renders?

    By the way, where are the stairs on the first image?
    And what about this little screw, is it supposed to be “a house” or a boat?

  • Reid

    Lovely renderings, but also eager to see the integration of the plumbing and waste stacks between the building and the ground (not pretty, but necessary)! I hope there’s a lot of water pressure (or where is the retention tank?)

  • futurewidow

    It looks as if it’s been plunked down in the landscape without any relationship to its surroundings. It has been said by other commenters, but using a “vertiginous ladder” demonstrates complete unfamiliarity with the weather in the highlands. Totally unpractical, this is a foolish bourgeois fantasy.

  • James

    It clearly states that this is a fantasy house! It isn’t trying to be practical and it will never be built. Read the article!

    I can’t believe that some readers think this is a genuine proposal for a house!

    • futurewidow

      It’s not trying to be practical? The article states it’s intended to have solar panels and autonomous in terms of energy. That sort of thing sounds pretty practical to me.

      Even if it is supposed to be pure fantasy, it has failed at that. It’s sad that this is what passes for whimsy.

  • Jaxe p

    The point of this is?