Australian Cliff House takes home design to new heights

By Efrosini Costa

Australian Cliff House takes home design to new heights
Australian architects have designed a holiday house that's not for the faint hearted.

WARNING: If you have a fear of heights you may not want to scroll down or read on.


Created by Australian architectural firm Modscape Concept, the aptly named ‘Cliff House’ is a five story vacation-style home designed for use off the southwest coast of Victoria.

The cliff-clinging design is only accessible from the carport on the top floor, unless you’re into abseiling off a sheer cliff face.

Inspired by barnacles that are often seen hanging off a ship’s hull, the three bedroom home is anchored to a cliff face with engineered steel pins.

Pre-fabricated modules provide the five-storey home with three bedrooms, a sunken living area, dining room and kitchen, all accessible by a lift. There also an open-air spa and barbecue area that’s not for the faint hearted.

According to the company’s website the plans were drawn up after a couple asked the firm to explore options for building a holiday home along ‘extreme parcels’ of Victoria’s coast.

“A concept was developed for a modular home to hang off the side of a cliff as opposed to sitting on top of it,” the design brief read.

“The home is visualised as a natural extension of the cliff face rather than an addition to the landscape, creating an absolute connection with the ocean.”

“Internally, the living spaces feature minimalistic furnishings to ensure that the transcendent views of the ocean and the unique spatial experience of the location remain the integral focal point of the design,”

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