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.

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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.

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Within a month of announcing the design, OPA had even been contacted by an independent film studio interested in filming a documentary about the construction of the home. By the end of October, OPA had found their dream client and decided on a site for Casa Brutale: the edge of a Lebanese mountain 1,600 meters (5249 feet) in elevation.

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Related: Crazy home carved into a coastal cliff has a swimming pool roof

To say the sudden surge of interest in the design was a change in direction for OPA is an understatement. Before publishing the plans online, the firm had reached out to several developers from Greece with their vision, only to be turned down again and again because their work was not yet famous.

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Now, thanks for their viral design, the firm has received invitations to two exclusive competitions, even receiving a win for their design of the European Commission pavilion at the 2016 Mobile World Congress. They’ve also revealed plans for a new, even more ambitious cliffside building in the shape of a cross, called Lux Aeterna. No word yet on whether that design has a potential buyer.

It’s still unclear exactly when the building will be completed, but when it is, we can’t wait to see how these renderings translate to real life.

+ Open Platform for Architecture

Via Arch Daily