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This Box Perched High on a Cliff Redefines the Rustic Cabin

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While minimalist, rustic getaways continue to corner the market in backyards and hip, zenned-out vacation spots, this Nova Scotia abode offers the added chance to reside between land and sea, literally hanging right over a bedrock cliff. Designed by Canadian firm MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects, the 960-square-foot box has a galvanized steel superstructure that anchors it to the cliff, leaving just enough room for an open great room and kitchen on the first floor, and a small "sleeping perch," on the lofted second level. Floor-to-ceiling windows and a south-facing deck highlight the precariousness of the cliff side design, "heighten[ing] one's experience of the landscape through a sense of vertigo and a sense of floating on the sea." According to the firm's plans, this will be one of the many projects sited on this 455-acre stretch along Atlantic coast—though, for now, the structure will stand alone. Do have a look:

· Cliff House by MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects [Leibal via Design You Trust]
· Cliff House [MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects]