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The Cliff House by MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects is a 960 square foot beach cabin. It is the first of a series of projects for a large 455 acre site on Nova Scotia’s Atlantic coast. The Cliff House functions as a rustic retreat. From the architects, “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’.
This modest 960 square foot cabin functions as a rustic retreat. Its main level (16×44) contains a great room with a north cabinet wall, along with a service core. The open loft (16×16) 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.”
Image Courtesy: MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects