Cliff House

Cliff House

Fearon Hay Architects
Auckland, New Zealand
Project Year
Private Houses
Patrick Reynolds

Cliff House

Fearon Hay Architects as Architects

This home is an arrangement of concrete and glazed forms sited on the edge of a cliff overlooking the ocean, Rangitoto 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 to form the edge of an elevated terrace behind the house and its extensive water horizon.


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.


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.

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