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Cliff House / Mackay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects

  • 01:00 - 12 December, 2013
Cliff House / Mackay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects
Cliff House / Mackay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects, © Greg Richardson
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Text description provided by the architects. This project is the first of a series of projects for a large 455 acre site on Nova Scotia's Atlantic coast. This pure box in the landscape is precariously perched off a bedrock cliff to heighten one's experience of the landscape through a sense of vertigo and a sense of floating on the sea. This strategy features the building's fifth elevation - its 'belly'.

© Greg Richardson
© Greg Richardson

This modest 960 square foot cabin functions as a rustic retreat. Its main level (16x44) contains a great room with a north cabinet wall, along with a service core. The open loft (16x16) is a sleeping perch. A large south-facing deck allows the interior stage to flow outward through the large windows. This is a modest, affordable cabin that is intended as a repeatable prototype. A large, galvanized, steel superstructure anchors it to the cliff. A light steel endoskeleton forms the primary structure expressed on the interior. The envelope is a simple flat form framed box, which is clad in cedar shiplap.

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Cite: "Cliff House / Mackay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects" 12 Dec 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/455864/cliff-house-mackay-lyons-sweetapple-architects/> ISSN 0719-8884
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