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“Cliff House” is a unique and terrifying architectural effort

The five-story home features floor-to-ceiling windows and breathtaking views

September 14, 2014 10:00AM
By Business Insider

Cliff House

Cliff House

For the discerning millionaire who wants a gorgeous coastal vacation getaway (and has no fear of heights), the Australian real estate firm Modscape has created a dream home.

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Spotted by Inhabitat, the aptly named Cliff House quite literally hangs off a cliff face the same way a barnacle hangs off a ship’s hull. The design uses engineered steel pins that drive into the rock, thereby keeping the home attached to the cliff.

“The design is a theoretical response to clients who have approached us to explore design options for extreme parcels of coastal land in Australia, Modscape says on its website.

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Looking out over the ocean, the five-story home has three bedrooms, a living area, kitchen, and gigantic floor-to-ceiling windows that display a breathtaking (or vertigo-inducing) view of the horizon.

The top story has a patio and two-car garage, and there’s even an open-air deck area in the bottom with a Jacuzzi and barbecue. All the levels are connected by stairs and an elevator.

And though the building looks unsafe, former president of the Royal Institute of British Architects Maxwell Hutchinson assured BBC News that there was no reason why the design wouldn’t be structurally sound.

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  • NYC developer

    how is the water & sewer system work?

  • Proper

    how is this better than just putting the building on top of the cliff

  • ResponsibleDevelopment

    On an aesthetic level, this is a selfish example of how one person is willing to scar this beautiful landscape for their own benefit. Just imagine homes like this dotting the rim of America’s Grand Canyon.

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