This Cliffside Scottish Dwelling Only Stands Out When It Wants To

How much building is required to fill up a space? That’s the question asked by Dualchas Architects before going to work on the Cliff House.

Built in Scotland, in the Isle of Skye overlooking Loch Dunvegan, Cliff House appears to take up almost no space at all, preferring to let its surroundings do most of the talking.

Situated at the edge of a cliff (but maybe the name gave that away already) the home boasts the kinds of vistas that you only see in movies about soulmates separated by time and flight schedules.


Cliff House was built atop ruins of a past home that were there for centuries. The only remnants of the original space is the stone entrance that is kept practically hidden thanks to the surrounding land.


Light enters the home directly at its centre, nestled between the exposed rafters that run along the entire length of the building.


The look of the home seems to change depending on where you’re viewing it from. Looking at it from the landscape, it almost disappears into nature, appearing as if it’s been there all along. Seeing it from the ocean perspective, however, the Cliff House becomes the focal point, a man-made standout dominating the scenery.


Inside, the home is appropriately sparse. Why waste space on decor when the floor-to-ceiling windows showcase something more beautiful than anything you’d be able to buy?


Just as Bär asked how much of a building is needed to inhabit a space, the interior of the Cliff House answers that not many objects are needed to fill a home. Not when there’s enough character and history to fill it many times over.


Photography courtesy of Dualchas Architects