Tirrenia, Cliff Road

A terraced design for a unique dwelling located on a challenging cliff-top site

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The client for this project approached OSG after acquiring the site in Cliff Road, Hythe, a private drive lined by detached houses encompassing a diverse range of styles. Despite engaging with several architects, our client found others hesitant to accommodate his specific requirements. OSG came highly recommended by the owner of the neighbouring property, with whom they had previously collaborated on a replacement dwelling.

Design for a challenging site

The challenging terrain of the site, characterised by a steep slope to the south and panoramic views of Hythe and the English Channel, inspired a design strategy akin to the adjacent property. OSG conceived a terraced building that gracefully descended from the upper level, down to where the existing dwelling is located. This innovative approach allowed for the creation of a 3½ storey structure that, when viewed from Cliff Road, appeared deceptively as a single-storey residence.

Project Details

  • Project Name

  • Tirrenia
  • Location

  • Cliff Road, Hythe
  • Client

  • Mr Naseeri
  • Project Value

  • Undisclosed
  • Completion details

  • Planning Achieved July '23. Technical stage not yet instructed
  • Project Team

  • Slope Stability Engineer – CK Rail

    RIBA Stages: 0-3


OSG met this client’s unique requirements for a challenging site in Cliff Road, Hythe, with a terraced building design that appears as a single-storey residence from Cliff Road. The 3½ storey structure accommodates the steep slope, maintains a driveway for the neighbouring property through an under-croft, and features external terraced spaces for sea views and privacy. The modern aesthetic, including flat roofs and extensive glazing, aligned with the client's vision. OSG effectively translated these elements into a harmonious architectural solution that complements the surroundings and addresses numerous site challenges.

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