It’s official: the beautiful and bizarre house-in-a-cliff known as Casa Brutale is actually being built. We reported last July on this crazy concrete design, which would be carved into a cliff overlooking the Aegean Sea, roofed by a transparent swimming pool and with a dizzying view of the sea below. The stunning design quickly went viral, but few expected the project to actually receive the funding needed to become a reality.
The house, originally conceived as a volumetrically inverted conceptual homage to the iconic Casa Malaparte in Naples, Italy, took on a life of its own once it was announced by the Open Platform for Architecture (OPA). The firm quickly found a partner in engineering and construction firm Arup, which pledged to consult on the structural and geotechnical challenges required to embed a house within a cliff face, provided they could find a serious client to back the project.