Living on the edge of a cliff can provide a sensational experience. You can find a number of houses around the world that are built into or over cliffs. These cliff houses are designed to maximize the views and blend in the surrounding landscape. They look tremendous but mind it they are not for the faint-hearted!
These gravity-defying structures are for those who are in search of peaceful and inspiring living spaces. If you are looking for some inspiration, we have enlisted some of the best cliff houses below:
Maralah by LAAV Architects
This cliff-hanging residence designed by Laertis-Antonios Ando Vassiliou features a unique shape and architecture. It is a concrete house with the main structure built partly underground and partly cantilevered over the cliff. There are exposed rocks that function as natural walls.
Holman House by Durbach Block Jaggers
Sitting on the edge of a 70-meter high cliff near Sydney, this two-story house is built by architecture firm Durbach Block Jaggers. Its plan is inspired by the Picasso painting – The Bather. The house features fluid living and dining areas that cantilever out over the ocean, providing massive views up and down the coast. The residents can interact with nature without leaving the comfort of their cozy abode.
Cliff House by Modscape
This conceptual five-story modular home by Melbourne-based architectural firm Modscape fearlessly hangs from the side of a cliff. Entry is through a carport on the top floor and there is a lift to go down to the living spaces. Its design is inspired by the shape of barnacles clinging to the hull of a ship.
Clifftop House by MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects
This 960-square foot wooden cabin extends over the edge of a rocky cliff near the Atlantic coastline of Nova Scotia, Canada. The cabin is cantilevered over metal stilts and only a small section lies on the ground, which creates a modest cliff-hanging structure. The interiors are bright and spacious – thanks to a high ceiling. There is also a large south-facing deck to enjoy in the outdoors.
SC Villa by Youssef Tohme Architects & Associates
This 450-sqm home is built on a cliff edge in the city of Akoura, Lebanon. Its exterior concrete walls are clad in local stone to resemble the terrain. The interior space is designed in a way that only surrounding peaks are framed by the view. It was built for a client who was seeking a break from busy urban life.
Tula House by Patkau Architects
This 4,500-sqft house is perched 44-feet above the Pacific Ocean in a wooden site on Quadra Island, British Columbia. It features a green roof, planted with moss and native ground covers that make the house appears to be part of the surrounding landscape from above.
Pecos River Cliff House Near Santa Fe, New Mexico
Pecos River Cliff House vacation rental stands 50-feet above the Pecos River with breathtaking views of the river, dam, and the canyon. The exterior walls are designed to resemble the surroundings, while the interiors are provided with state-of-the-art facilities for guests to enjoy.
Mount Solitude House by Viktoria Nyerges
Hungary-based graphic and architectural designer Viktoria Nyerges has visualized this two-story cliff house for mountainous regions. It features an angular design and has large glass walls to welcome abundance of natural light and offer spectacular views of the natural beauty outside.
Diving Cliff House by LYX Architects
This huge cliffside house located in Calabria cliffs, Italy has two equal halves, divided by an artificial waterfall. The residential part is all surrounded by transparent glass to offer massive views. There is also another recreational half with outdoor terraces around an infinity pool.