Modscape Concept designs cliff-hanging house

10 September 2014 (Last Updated September 10th, 2014 18:30)

Australian architectural firm Modscape Concept has designed a five-storey concept house that actually hangs down the side of a cliff face.

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Australian architectural firm Modscape Concept has designed a five-storey concept house that actually hangs down the side of a cliff face.

The company said in a statement: "The design is a theoretical response to clients who have approached Modscape to explore design options for extreme parcels of coastal land in Australia."

Named Cliff House, the home was inspired by the shape of barnacles that cling to a hull of a ship.

"The design is a theoretical response to clients who have approached Modscape to explore design options for extreme parcels of coastal land in Australia."

The home's design goes beyond the conventional construction rules and uses Modscape-developed modular design and prefabrication technologies. Cliff House is divided into a series of prefabricated floors that are anchored vertically upon each other and into the side of the cliff using engineered steel pins.

The concept house features three bedrooms, two doubles and one en-suite, as well as a separate bathroom, a living space, floor-to-ceiling windows, a lift that connects all the five floors, a carport and an open-air spa and barbecue area on the lowest floor.

Modscape said: "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."

Speaking on the Cliff House design concept, Royal Institute of British Architects former president Maxwell Hutchinson was quoted by BBC News as saying: "All of these things are expensive because the construction industry hates anything unusual."


Image: Modscape Concept designs five-storey house that hangs down from the side of a cliff. Photo: courtesy of Modscape Concept.