Making The Impossible Possible: World’s Edgiest Transparent Holiday Home by Yakusha Design | Air House | Portugal

Making The Impossible Possible: World’s Edgiest Transparent Holiday Home by Yakusha Design | Air House | Portugal

SURFACES REPORTER (SR) has covered many mind-boggling and seemingly unbelievable architectural concepts over the years, but very few juxtaposing the uniqueness of this 'Air-House' designed by Kyiv-based architecture & design studio Yakusha Design. This transparent 270-degree holiday home on the Atlantic ocean coast, Portugal, is impossibly positioned over the edge of a cliff, which, at the same time, stands a bit in front of the cliff. The kind of structure refers to the traditional idea of edge-of-the rocks-lighthouse and, just like them, confronts the onshore breeze every day. The architect envisioned through this design is to create an experience of airiness and provoke a sense of 'impossible architecture'. Scroll down to read more:


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Situated over a rocky cliff edge, this extreme holiday home is an architectural concept by Yakusha Design. "This project was developed as a holiday home for a surfer, who is no stranger to a confrontation with a powerful element of nature – the air.

air-house-yakusha-designAs an archetype of this cabin, we took an ancient lighthouse, standing unwaveringly at the very edge of the earth and indicating a safe passage for ships," said Victoria Yakusha, founder of Yakusha Design. 


Recycled Concrete Base

The 270-degree glass cabin is set on the cliff and fixed with the base made of recycled concrete to make it structurally balanced.

air-house-yakusha-designThe central pillar takes very little internal space and encompasses most engineering and communication services to offer an extensive view of the Atlantic Ocean. As it is a glass cabin, window blinds are integrated to provide optimum privacy around the perimeter. 


The opening flaps offer natural ventilation while the water and sewage in the main wall (between the racks ) and the floor area for washing. All the pieces of equipment (electrical and wiring closet, boiler) are hidden in the wall alcove. Sun protection is done by built-in external reflexes on string guides.

Open-concept Interior

The glass structure has a minimalist open-concept interior space spanning 48 square metres and accommodates only essential furniture.


In contrast to the severe weather conditions and "mood" of the ocean outside, a warm and soothing beige tone is incorporated in the interior to offer homely vibes. All functional areas such as the kitchen, living room, bathroom and bedroom imperceptibly flow from one to another.

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Fusion of Primitive Design and Contemporary Geometric Shapes

The air-cabin actually represents the blend of primitive design and contemporary style geometric shapes such as rounded forms of sofas, round lamps, straight lines, straw panels as the surface of the wall, roughly processed logs and ceramic decors a bit of Asian such as low dining chairs and mat.

air-house-yakusha-designSimple and minimal furnishings have been used so that nothing interferes with the dramatic view.

air-house-yakusha-designThe privacy in bathroom areas is preserved by using specially designed glass with transparency adjustment. 

Project Details

Project Name: Air House
Architecture firm: Yakusha Design
Principal architect: Victoria Yakusha
Location: Atlantic ocean coast, Portugal
Design year: 2020
Area: 48 m²
Visualization: Sergy Chornousov
Status: Unrealised proposals

About the Firm

YD / Yakusha Design is a multidisciplinary live design studio founded by architect and designer Victoria Yakusha in 2006 – Kyiv, Ukraine. The firm creates architectural and interior design projects with a broad geography, developing collectable design pieces at FAINA's collection. They give birth to several socio-cultural projects: starting with the design expedition "Earth inspires" and lecture hall Ya Vsesvit and continuing with a podcast featuring folkloric tales and making a documentary about endangered crafts.

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