This house by Charles Rose Architects certainly isn't dramatic in the way it meets the ground, but I'm struck by the way even the slightest slope is accounted for in the foundation and plan of the house.
A closer view of the house shows the subtle stepping in the copper cladding, which follows the gentle slope of the land.
More dramatic is this house in Brazil by Estudio MRGB, which seems to stop at a steep slope and let part of the house extend beyond the foundation. Rather than being built on the slope, where erosion is a concern, the house appears to hold itself back.
A view from the side reveals that the house is built into a slope, merging itself with the landscape.
This house by Hufft Projects orients itself toward prized views of a nearby lake, walling itself off from nearby neighbors. The house is also a split-level. Here we see it from the front, the top floor.
This view hints at the way the house orients itself to the view: Cantilevered bays project past a wall that marks the house in the landscape.
The wall and cantilevers are clear in this view from the water. Of course the slope that creates the split-level condition is also apparent.
One last view of the house reveals the opening on the lowest floor, which provides access to the yard. The openness of this side of the house is remarkable, especially in comparison to the first photo presented here. From inside, the relationship to the landscape is one of floating above it, even as the house is strongly rooted to it through the walls on the lower level.
Reaching out toward the landscape as it falls away is a common theme here. The aptly named Lookout House by Ike Kligerman Barkley builds up a substantial stone base, but its roofline gives it a definite outward focus.
The house is perched on a high point and follows the landscape, reminiscent of Frank Lloyd Wright's architecture.
This last view illustrates the balance that is possible in two dramatic tactics: a rootedness to the earth and the flight implied in the roof form.
The aptly named Napa Ledge House by WA Design sits on a dramatic, rocky landscape. The design responds to the context by varying the masses of the house; instead of a plan under one roofline, each room occupies its own volume, creating a jagged profile.
On another side, the softer landscape is capped by stucco volumes that seem to spill down the slope.