Balancing home on the edge of the sea

Balancing home on the edge of the sea

This minimalist house was design by the Canadian firm MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple. Named ‘Cliff House’, this cabin extends over a crag on the Atlantic shore in Nova Scotia, with just the edge of the structure touching the earth. Since most of the house projects over the outcropping, it is supported by a system of steel I-beams.

As you approach the house, it appears like a cedar chest, surrounded by and anchored to the rock, But inside the house is warm with a wood burning stove and a double-height great room surrounded by windows on three sides. The view makes you feel like a gull taking off toward the sea.

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