Cliff House by MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple
- Esther Jablotschkin
This boxy wooden house by Canadian studio MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects extends over the edge of a rocky outcrop on the Atlantic coastline of Nova Scotia. Only a small section of the house makes contact with the ground, as most of its body projects over the edge of the cliff towards the waterfront, supported underneath by a criss-crossing arrangement of steel I-beams. The architects designed Cliff House as a weekend getaway. ‘On approaching the cabin from the land, one is presented with a calm wood box with its understated landscaping, firmly planted on the ground, in contrast with the subsequent dramatic interior experience of flying off cliff’, they explain. The main space of the house is a double-height living and dining room with windows on three sides and a wood-burning stove.