A new home hidden within the face of the Avon Gorge has been given permission to be built by Bristol councillors. The three-storey, five-bedroom house will lie on two dilapidated terraces below the Avon Gorge Hotel on Princes Lane and should put Bristol on the world architectural map.
It is a hugely ambitious project not often seen in the city, which has obviously been sensitive due to its location in a Conservation Area and proximity to the Clifton Suspension Bridge.
But precedents are there of similar schemes within World Heritage Sites and the architects behind this house should be commended for being so bold within such a historic area.
As can be seen from the photograph below, the scheme fits harmoniously into its surroundings and the house can barely be noticed, even from the other side of the Avon from the Pill path.
It is an exciting and excellent example of modern design in a sensitive context, harking back to the spirit of adventure when the steep slopes of Clifton were first built upon in the Georgian period.