Building on the Boundary – Four Homes Perched on the Edge

In this video I explore four homes built on boundaries. It’s a look at how a home can challenge the natural environment and occupy the boundary between architectural convention and stunning natural beauty.

When confronted with a design brief and an undeveloped site, architects often look to the edges of that site for inspiration and meaningful architectural solutions. These boundaries, both real and imagined, are exciting places in which to build. The boundary often gives rise to the form of the building, its materials and even how it’s structured.

Architects featured in this video:
Cliff House: MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects
Inlet House: MW | Works Architecture + Design
Lake House: Andersson-Wise Architects
Sunset House: MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects

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  1. iamDarrennn
    December 2, 2015

    Well done! Need more of this!

  2. Elrond Burrell
    December 7, 2015

    Some great drama and inspiration with these holiday homes. Very interesting wood stove flue detail on a couple also, switching from inside to outside partway up. Do you know what the driver for that is, Eric?

  3. Vadim Kosarev
    December 23, 2015

    Interesting story, thank you!

  4. Epic Army Of One
    February 8, 2017

    Not really sure why I'd waited so long to subscribe. I've been watching your videos for some time now.

    you keep a modest tone that isn't overly sarcastic or dramatic when you emphasize on things and the collaboration of simple English with that of a highly educated man marries well.

    No, I'm not really a high educated man, I haven't even seen the inside of a college or university. I was raised in the common ways, worked harder than my grade eight education showed. but I do occasionally like to talk
    as though I were one of the more intelligent kind.

  5. MaZEEZaM
    May 10, 2017

    Several interesting designs, you wouldn't not want to build that cliff house in any areas that are prone to earth quakes or cyclones :S One of my favorite houses of this type is the Loch House from Grand Designs UK, image linked here

  6. Del Rey
    June 17, 2017

    Dear Eric (and 30×40 Design Workshop),
    How can you be adequately thanked and lauded for the way you have researched and presented these essential aspects of architecture practice/education??!! You and your team (you MUST have a team helping you) are giving to the world a gift that is beyond measure with these astonishingly lucid and inspiring expositions on the joys and challenges of addressing the built environment. My students, my interns and I continue to have our imaginations broadened and our spirits lifted with these ingenious tutorials. All I can say is WOW and THANK YOU! – Del Rey Loven

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