This new house, perched above the Pacific Ocean makes great use of a relatively tight site. This compact family home makes the most of the spectacular location whilst ensuring the design withstands weather and offers enough flexibility, form and function both now and for the future.

Clifftop House in Sydney by Utz-Sanby Architects

ArchitectUtz-Sanby Architects
Location: Sydney, Australia
Year: 2012
Project size: 250 sqm
Site size: 550 sqm
Builder: Peter Barnett Constructions
Doors and windows: Aluminium And Glass Constructions
Photography: Marian Riabic

Clifftop House in Sydney by Utz-Sanby Architects

From the architect: This new house is built on a tight urban site, perched on the edge of a cliff 100metres above the Pacific ocean and facing due north. The design fits a compact 250m2 house for a family with 3 young children on a site of 556m2, between a 4 –storey apartment block and a large new house.

Clifftop House in Sydney by Utz-Sanby Architects

The primary challenge on this site was to achieve privacy from neighbouring dwellings, create a useable garden, and to maximise the stunning views, northern aspect and sea breezes.

Clifftop House in Sydney by Utz-Sanby Architects

The geometry of the wedge shaped site has been reinforced by the building. The spaces on the ground floor are fluid and open-plan, directed toward the view and sunlight to the north and a protected courtyard garden to the south where the site narrows.

Clifftop House in Sydney by Utz-Sanby Architects

Careful placement of structural walls, high-level glazing and roof form has created a generous living room with an abundance of natural light, ventilation, privacy and spectacular views.

Clifftop House in Sydney by Utz-Sanby Architects

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This new house, perched above the Pacific Ocean makes great use of a relatively tight site. This compact family home makes the most of the spectacular location...

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