One of the ultimate desires of humankind: living on the solitary edge between urban luxury and the embrace of nature. Houses on cliffs and rocks reflect this desire well. You might find your dream house among the next 27 buildings; many of them are true examples of exceptional architectural design and outstanding engineering.
The Cliff House, San Francisco, California (1896-1907).
The Cliff House, San Francisco, California, 2008.
Photo: Eric Risberg/AP
Old house on the cliff on the left bank of Kura River, Tbilisi, Georgia, c1910.
Photo: Sergey Mikhaylovich Prokudin-Gorsky/Library of Congress
The Kittatinny Hotel, overlooking the Delaware River, Pennsylvania, c1900.
Photo: Library of Congress
House on a cliff on Hierro Island (Canary Islands, Spain).
Photo: JMN/Cover/Getty Images
The Mushroom House, designed by Dale Naegle in the 1960s. La Jolla, California.
The Holman House by Durbach Block. Dover Heights, Sydney.
Photo: Durbach Block
Robert Bruno's Steel House near Lubbock, Texas
Photo: Robert Bruno
Town of Manarola, province of La Spezia, Liguria, Italy.
Dogon Cliff Houses, Southeastern Mali.
Photo: David Holt London
Castellfollit de la Roca (Catalonia, Spain), a village perched atop a fifty meter-high basalt crag
Hanging Houses of Cuenca, Spain.
Photo: G Travels
Meteora monasteries in Greece.
House On The Rocks by Fran Silvestre Architects. Ayora, Valencia, Spain.
The Leonard J. Malin Residence, aka Chemosphere, Los Angeles, California. Architect: John Lautner.
Photo: Jeremy Sternberg
The Stahl House, Los Angeles, California. Architect: Pierre Koenig.
The Villa Amanzi by Original Vision Studio. Cape Sol, Phuket, Thailand.
Photo: Original Vision Studio
The Michael Gantert Residence, the last Pierre Koenig design. Hollywood, California.
Photo: Jeremy Sternberg
The Monte Rosa Hut near Zermatt at the foot of Monte Rosa, at an altitude of 2,795 metres, owned by the Swiss Alpine Club, inaugurated in 2009.
The Cliff House by Fearon Hay Architects, overlooking Rangitoto island and the Hauraki Gulf near Auckland, New Zealand.
The Headland House by Fearon Hay Architects, Waiheke Island, New Zealand.
The Sandy Bay Farm House by Fearon Hay Architects, Tututkaka coast. New Zealand.
House on the Cliff by Fran Silvestre Architects, Calp, Spain.
Cliff House by Altius Architecture. Muskoka Lakes, Ontario, Canada, 2009.
Skeleton bay Cottage by Altius Architecture. Ontario, Canada.
The Cove 3 by Saota and Antoni Associates. Near Knysna, Western Cape Province, South Africa, 2010.
Vame by SAOTA. Yzerfontein, South Africa.