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.

casa brutale, OPA, Lebanon, cliffs, underground building, glass facade, swimming pool, waterfront, ocean view

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.

casa brutale, OPA, Lebanon, cliffs, underground building, glass facade, swimming pool, waterfront, ocean view

Within a month of announcing the design, OPA had even been contacted by an independent film studio interested in filming a