Cliff Edge House was a Hobart design competition, which Dock4 is proud to have won. The design intent was to exaggerate the user’s experience of the cliff, to use the built form to manipulate the user’s experience of the site.
With the client’s love of art, sculpture and irregular forms, the challenge was to create a spatially dynamic and highly refined building form, that also responded to contextual constraints, including maximising solar access and views.
The design centres around the movement through the site - linking entry to the sea. The sequence begins at a narrow entry from the street and continues through a forested passageway, which is a void between the two volumes of the living space and the master suite.
The final destination is atop a cantilevered viewing platform, with expansive views across the ocean and to the reef below.
Heavy rammed earth walls were chosen to create the fluid form, which speaks to the materiality of the cliff. The main living space is situated above the cliff, which brings new meaning to ‘living on the edge’. With tight physical and planning restrictions, the house hugs the edge of the cliff, anchoring it back into the site.
With a stunningly unique site, the house has multiple points in which the views and the cliff can be experienced. The architecture becomes a mechanism to experience the site’s natural beauty.