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

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • hey kids, go outside and play.

    ajfs
  • How you get sweet water for this house? What about sewage?

    Audrey
  • 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
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