cliff house by modscape suspended above the australian ocean
cliff house by modscape suspended above the australian ocean
sep 09, 2014

cliff house by modscape suspended above the australian ocean

cliff house by modscape suspended above the australian ocean
image © modscape




prefabricated architecture specialists modscape have planned a conceptual property perched above the ocean in the australian state of victoria. the project, which is designed for a couple exploring options for a holiday home, hangs off the cliff face in the same way that barnacles cling to the side of a ship.


envisioned as a natural extension of the landscape, the dwelling shares a direct relationship with the sea below, utilizing modular design technologies and prefabrication methods. residents enter the home through a carport positioned at the uppermost level where an elevator vertically connects each sequential storey. interior furnishings are kept as minimal as possible as not to detract from expansive ocean views, and the property’s distinct spatial characteristics.

modscape cliff house concept victoria australia designboom
the conceptual property is perched above the ocean in the australian state of victoria
image © modscape

modscape cliff house concept victoria australia designboom
interior furnishings are kept as minimal as possible so as not to detract from expansive ocean views
image © modscape

modscape cliff house concept victoria australia designboom
section detailing the property’s five levels
image © modscape

modscape cliff house concept victoria australia designboom
floor plans highlighting how an elevator vertically connects each storey
image © modscape

  • this is absolutely FANTASTIC!

    Greg says:
  • Sustainable architecture? Until water wins over the cliff… At least please consider doing a floating house for its after life once it has collapsed.

    Sometimes it’s better not to spend time on renderings and drawings if your concept is clunky.

    Victor V says:
  • vertical casa malaparte

    Pieter says:
  • Scary. Comes with a lifetime supply of diazepam.

    jimCan says:
  • Fantastic!!!!

    Milena says:
  • Has anyone consulted a geologist…? My eyes are drawn immediately to a large crack in the cliffs about a house-width to the left of the (presumably computer-generated) house! I give it a few years at most…

    Dr Paul Madgett says:
  • Nice view but windows will need an awful lot of cleaning with all that sea spray…

    Uzz the Cuzz says:
  • The picture appears to show the ground being sandstone. Not the strongest rock to anchor to.

    Ted says:
  • One bathroom, really?

    Thomas says:
  • This is an absolutely ridiculously bad idea.

    Lalith says:
  • cool that you get to drive off a cliff every day.

    brad says:
  • property tax would be close to zero since you are using zero square feet of property? essentially you would be taxed as a boat, right?

    brad says:
  • Now, where does all the human waste go? Have they thought of that? And what does that do for the enviroment? That is not eco-friendly. Then, how and who is going to actually build that? Poor construction workers…I see a death or two…or maybe I am ignorant on that matter.

    Stephania says:
  • Just what I’m looking for.

    Dr Evil says:
  • Screams “Artists Rendering”

    And no it does not adhere to the cliff the same way barnacles adhere to a ship.

    Does the writer know anything about barnacles?

    JJ says:
  • amazing.
    how about water and power ?

    orafrank says:
  • Great idea. I would love one no matter how scary it seems

    Lindita says:
  • The majority of those responding here are simply putting their ignorance on public display. This is far less challenging to construct with today’s modern equipment and construction processes than the many superscrapers built in the last 5-10 years (think Burj Khalifa, One World Trade Center). If we can design, construct, furnish and occupy buildings exceeding 2700′ tall, we can surely anchor one to a cliff with ease. And seriously folks, give the Architecture professionals a bit more credit here…do you really believe they would have gone to this extreme without considering water, power and waste systems? C’mon folks…..

    Thomas in Phoenix says:
  • They need to think about a Floating Floor 🙂

    Ricardo Daglio says:
  • To all of you whining about the cliff being sandstone: As stated in the first sentence, ‘a conceptual property…’ Also remember that the idea of satellites as presented by Arthur C. Clarke was laughed at by engineers at the time. Until someone actually made it happen… And that’s usually the case, it all starts with a vision.

    “Nothing is impossible. The impossible just takes a little longer”
    – Winston Churchill

    Johannes says:
  • Mwah, not good for the car’s paint all that salty water. I’ll pass.

    Hum Gunung says:
  • Now thats what I call “A REAL CLIFF HANGER”

    Babak Fassihi (Architect) says:
  • I live near the water and things rust really quickly. Not the best idea and an eyesore to the coastline.

    Angie says:
  • It wouldn’t surprise me if the current State Government Planning Minister let the concept become a reality …and we would vote them out on approval of this idea alone. However, full marks for CONCEPT creativity.

    Ian - Richmond, Melbourne says:
  • I don’t want sleep there.

    James says:
  • Smells fishy to me. This is computer generated picture. No way to anchor it safely. I could live in something like this but too many questions. Power, water, heat, plumbing. Neat idea. It will never work.

    Mark says:
  • Does the term ‘Hair Brain’ come to mind?

    Kenneth Smythe says:
  • What fun! What a romantic idea, I would love to visit. I wonder what kind if changes and growth I’d experience being surrounded, immersed in that bracing atmosphere fo a few weeks. Think of the exhilaration of sunrise, the passion of storms!

    Connie says:
  • Come in Mr Bond, we have been expecting you.

    Adam Brocklehurst says:
  • It’s amazing how timid some fans of modernist architecture seem to be . . . !

    SDR says:
  • Why everybody is so negative and try to show off how SMART each one of you is by criticizing a conceptual architecture ? It’s a design exploration based on their prefabricated skills, nothing real, not a REAL project.

    When you watch Oblivion (he movie..) with this house above the clouds, do you criticize like this? No, you just try to imagine what it would be to live inside, what would be the view, how cool it is even though we CAN’T build it.

    Just react with imagination and try to imagine what your life would be if you were living inside, like a kid would do. Don’t be a dick trying to highlight the obvious issues that even a KID could guess.

    It is the same with Concept-Cars during auto-shows, except that people don’t spit on prospective design, they embrace it. So what’s wrong with you guys…?

    Cyril says:
  • How you get sweet water for this house? What about sewage?

    Audrey says:
  • hey kids, go outside and play.

    ajfs says:
  • Alright, how about a critique of the conceptual design? Interior is kept minimal on purpose, so as not to detract from the expansive ocean views…so what are people supposed to do inside? Look outside, 12-16 hours a day? And then sleep when the sun sets?

    I vaguely like the concept, aside from its practical problems though.

    Egregius says:
  • Conceptual, really neat! Practical, unfortunately not very. A home like this would have a short life, as the cliff eroded and the home fell into the sea below. Certainly wouldn’t feel very safe living in something like this. Looks nice in theory, but like many of conceptual designs including those of FLW, they are totally impractical!

    Ken says:
  • This cliff house looks really nice looking. It`s pretty amazing on how they bored holes into the cliff just to put this house there and build it. The only thing that I would worry about is that the pipes holding the house would rust if I know about it and the cliff might erode and the home were to fall into the ocean below. If people were to know it it would happen ahead of time they would have to send barges with large cranes at lift the house from there onto the barges and take this home to a new place. but over all it`s a really nice looking house with an excellent view.

    John-Michael Mahnke says:
  • Interesting concept … to all those concerned about buildability don’t be. Changes in technology beginning in the 1980s have meant that if you can draw something in detail you can build it. Structurally there are several solutions which would maintain the integrity of such a building independent of the condition of the cliff face. Sacrificial anodes can pacify those concerned about corrosion. Services would connect up to mains power, water etc as usual. Alternatively like any isolated site the owners would have to generate their own water, power and waste treatment. Simplistically a couple of tanks, pumps and a wind turbine + battery is all that is required for self sufficiency. All that is needed is the right design, for the right site, for the right client. Plus lots of money.

    Dando says:

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