Finding the perfect spot for one’s house sometimes takes a lot of time and research. In the case of this off-grid cabin it was well worth the wait and effort. The owner spent years mapping this entire area, exploring the cliffs and in the end identifying the ideal little spot with the best vantage point and the most magnificent views.
The Clear Rock Lookout, as the project was named, was completed in 2016 and it was designed and built by studio Lemmo Architecture and Design. The team made sure to take advantage of everything this beautiful site has to offer. The cabin is placed below a limestone cliff edge in Johnson City, United States. It’s a nice little 450 square foot retreat with a rather distinctive aesthetic.
The architects chose Corten steel and glass and primary materials for the exterior of this secluded retreat. This allows the cabin to weather and age along with the landscape and to more become embedded into the cliff as time passes. Part of it is suspended on stilts in response to the steep slope and the topography of the site.
In addition to being a magnificent little retreat, a place where the owner can come and connect with nature and relax and distance themselves from their busy everyday life, this cabin also serves other purposes. It’s also a writing studio, a hunting blind thanks to its camouflaged aesthetic and of course a great observation deck.