This new holiday home may be perched on a cliff, but there is nothing remote about it the waves crash on the rocks below, the salt spray drifts and there's a strong sense of being at one with the ocean, which is just how the owners like it.
Architect Darren Jessop says the home is the first stage of a three-part project, that will see the house step down the hill.
"The building just completed is a long slender box that functions as a holiday studio on the lower level of the site the owners will eventually live in a new house above. The house will resemble a series of stepped boxes, with the two main buildings separated by a swimming pool. The pool structure has already been built, and can be glimpsed above the rear of the studio. It has a temporary roof so it can be used for storage in the meantime."
The architect says the steepness of the site meant extensive engineering was required to anchor the house back into the hillside. But the end result is a home that feels as though it is cantilevered over the cliff, reaching out towards the sea.
Jessop says one of the owners is a keen surfer, and it was essential to provide a close connection with the sea and the beach. To this end, the studio has full-height glazing along one entire wall to maximise the view and sunlight.
"The wall features large sliding glass doors that can be moved either left or right. Because the columns supporting the roof are inset, the window joinery is independent of the structure, which enhances the sense of being at one with the landscape beyond."