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Cliff House, Australia

Design buffs may have seen this breathtaking image above on various blogs and social media in the past week or so… and for good reason. This dream house concept in Australia shows a house, attached to a cliff, with nothing but views of the ocean and rocks beneath the all glass facades. The design firm, Modscape, has created this beauty, perhaps inspired by 007 James Bond with the garage on the top (fifth) floor of the house, best seen in this section plan below.

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The interior features elegant tapered glass facades that create panoramic views and an “absolute connection with the ocean.” Even further, the Cliff House is meant to represent barnacles as they cling to the hull of a ship, which is why the house is below the edge of the cliff in the first place. Take a gander at these interior views below.

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All photos via Modscape.
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Green Square: Sydney, Australia

Australia’s largest urban renewal project is one step closer to the edge to fruition. Koichi Takada Architects revealed new renderings of Green Square — a mixed-use, multi-residential tower defined by two continuing loops, which will then define the Sydney Green Square Town Centre. The renderings are also labeled ‘Infinity by Crown’, which is really the perfect name to describe the architecture. Toggle between the first two images in the gallery above and try and imagine that 360 perspective.

The two loops connect, becoming a seamless and continuous part of the architectural fabric. The resulting design is one that is fluid, connected, activated and responsive to the urban context of Green Square Town Centre and its desire for a new vision of architecture.

(via KTA)

Contributing to the masterful flow described above is the pool. As you can note in the gallery, the pool almost looks submerged in the middle of one of the loops. It fits elegantly in the middle of a window in the larger context of the structure, which consequently allows for relaxing (future) photo opps whether poolside or across the street. Plus, if you take a dive in the pool, you can literally swim to the window and be practically above the street!

There are more subtleties to applaud like the general greenery and plazas, the horizontal waves on the windows contributing to the ‘infinity’ flow of the complex, and something to appreciate when looking at the study options (the models with the black background): the clean, parallel layers that control Green Square’s flow and form the smooth exterior facade. Just by looking at the gallery, I have an increased feeling of comfort as I write this. Once again, ‘Infinity By Crown’ is really the perfect name.

So, as I was writing this up, I was showing these renderings to a friend. He was blown away by them too and asked when and where this will be completed. When I said, Sydney, 2016, a lightbulb lit up and we are already planning an Australia trip for Winter, 2017. We’ll make our way to Sydney, see the Green Square fully completed, swing by the Sydney Opera House, befriend a few kangaroos, and then to Melbourne for the Australian Open and a chance to see Gowhere’s favorite tennis player Novak Djokovic still in his prime and where he’s had his most success. …Never thought I’d be this excited about something that’s still three years away…