Cliff House

This home is an arrangement of concrete and glazed forms sited on the edge of a cliff overlooking the ocean, Rangitoto Island and the extent of the Hauraki Gulf. The client sought a two-storey glass volume that could maximise the views while providing shelter from prevailing weather.

A lap pool has been cast in to the edge of a stone terrace, forming the edge of an elevated terrace behind the house and it's extensive water horizon.

The palette is extremely pared back, using a textured plaster over concrete and masonry construction. The double height glazed volume is formed in frameless glass panels suspended as a crystalline enclosure over a steel frame. Sliding glass panels can be retracted below this enclosure to give uninterrupted connection to the outlook and terrace on each side.

A bathing space is set into one corner of the concrete mass, with retractable glass walls and operable screens to allow a sense of the entire space being part of the ocean front environment.

Project Details: The internal floor area is approximately 550sqm and construction was completed in 2005. The photography is by Patrick Reynolds.