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Modscape's concept home is a real cliffhanger

Modscape's concept home is a r...
The Cliff House, by Australian firm Modscape (Image: Modscape)
The Cliff House, by Australian firm Modscape (Image: Modscape)
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The Cliff House, by Australian firm Modscape (Image: Modscape)
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The Cliff House, by Australian firm Modscape (Image: Modscape)
The house would boast fantastic views (Image: Modscape)
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The house would boast fantastic views (Image: Modscape)
The interior features three bedrooms (one with an en suite bathroom), one larger bathroom, a barbecue area, spa, dining room, kitchen, and lounge (Image: Modscape)
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The interior features three bedrooms (one with an en suite bathroom), one larger bathroom, a barbecue area, spa, dining room, kitchen, and lounge (Image: Modscape)
The home's design is inspired by the way that barnacles cling to the hull of a ship (Image: Modscape)
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The home's design is inspired by the way that barnacles cling to the hull of a ship (Image: Modscape)
Access is gained by entering the carport on the top floor, from which you can ride an elevator to the required level (Image: Modscape)
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Access is gained by entering the carport on the top floor, from which you can ride an elevator to the required level (Image: Modscape)
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In a world of rapidly-diminishing building space, it may make sense to consider constructing homes in locations generally deemed unsuitable. With this in mind, Australian firm Modscape offers food-for-thought with a five-story concept home called Cliff House that clings to the side of a cliff in rural Australia.

Modscape created the Cliff House concept for a couple interested in commissioning a new home on land they own in southwest Victoria, Australia. Its design is inspired by the way that barnacles cling to the hull of a ship and, since the construction process would no doubt prove challenging, the company envisions the home being built in several prefabricated sections.

The house would boast fantastic views (Image: Modscape)
The house would boast fantastic views (Image: Modscape)

There's only one entrance to the Cliff House. Access is gained by entering the carport on the top floor, from which you can ride an elevator to each level. The interior features three bedrooms (one with an en suite bathroom), a larger bathroom, a barbecue area, spa, dining room, kitchen, and lounge.

There's no word on amenities, but given its remote location, Cliff House would presumably be required to operate off-grid – though this would be a very small hurdle to overcome compared to the structural stability, cost, and erosion concerns. Alas, for these reasons it's likely to remain in render form only for the time being at least.

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21 comments
BigGoofyGuy
I think that is really neat. I doubt I would ever want to park a car on / in the carport. One could probably have wind power and solar power as the sources electricity. It would be nice to see it when it is actually built, so one can compare the design with the reality.
Deres
Cliffs are a dynamic environnement. Building near a cliff is dangerous as their is a risk of falling over with the cliff, especially aftyer tempest or heavy rains. So building over the cliff would be a major risk.
Fairly Reasoner
Cliffs are cliffs because what was there before broke off. (What Deres said)
Brian Mcc
This is perfect for any post zombie apocalypse survivors.
John Banister
This sort of house design could also be nice for a lot of vertically oriented properties that are far from the ocean. If they do hang over the ocean, the house will need some sort of grey water and sewage pumping or treatment system built in to the bottom level.
Gadgeteer
Inspired by barnacles? This is basically Tony Stark's house as introduced in the comics back in 1987.
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Wombat56
It looks like the cliffs are sandstone, from the description probably somewhere in the Great Australian Bight.
You'd want really DEEP rock anchors holding the house up in that situation.
Facebook User
This construction is undoubtedly very cool but I do wonder how permanent a home built in this type of location would be. Pieces break away and fall from cliffs that's how cliff's came into being and I'm not sure that I would like to pay for a home that has a short life expectancy, nor would I like to be in it when it decided to let go.
Slowburn
Architects and their juvenile fantasies.
Bart Viaene
Definitely over the edge ;-)