Located above the Kaikoura Ranges of Christchurch, New Zealand, the Redcliffs House negotiates the contoured landscape with a series of harmonious forms that dictate program. As seen in MAP Architects’ previous projects, a monolithic entrance to the house delivers a powerful statement, this time through a towering blade wall of lavastone. This axis leads to a receiving space for visitors, which also entertains with an area devoted to an art gallery and a stoic metal fireplace and chimney flue. Private bedroom and bath sit at an angle to this open gallery, while kitchen, living room, and dining are located perpendicular to the hall. The roughly L-shaped organization of the upper level is contrasted by the freer forms outlining the pool below. Breaking convention, the pool and pool deck are both not rectilinear yet are relatively orthogonal, mirroring the relationship between the gallery and living space on the upper level. The upper level’s external façade of sienna hints at the useable space perched atop the cliff, and remains distinct from the open lower level of the house. The driveway and carport are also descended, with glass-encased stairs that wrap up into the heart of the house.