Cliff House by MacKay Lyons Sweetapple Architects

Anchored at a cliff on Nova Scotia’s Atlantic coast, this modest 90 sqm cabin functions as a retreat that looks like a wooden box floating on the landscape.

Architects: MacKay Lyons Sweetapple Architects
Location: Nova Scotia, Canada
Photography: Greg Richardson

Its contains a great room along with an open loft as sleeping space, a large glazed window faces the spectacular views in the south. This simple box is clad in cedar shiplap and relies on two light steel skeletons.

Inspiration from architect:

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’.