If you're looking for a thrilling vacation escape, the conceptual cabin design called Maralah is just the place. Conceived of as a tribute to Frank Lloyd Wright and John Lautner, LAAV Architects created the unique 484-square-foot abode with plans to submerge it in the ground and overlook a cliff in Calgary, Canada. This project is similar to one of their earlier plans, the Casa Brutale, which we marveled over in 2015. Like Maralah, Casa Brutale is embedded in a cliff.
The modern cliffside architecture is minimalistic in its aesthetic. Built in raw concrete, glass, and matte black steel, it’s sleek with a chameleon effect. As you approach the cabin, it practically blends into the surrounding rock, making it seem like it was always part of the landscape. Unless you were to approach it from underneath, only then would you see the glazing jutting from the side of the cliff.
With a industrial look and feel, the finishings are as sparse as the structure itself. But it’s just as well—there’s no need for opulence with this location and vantage point. Instead, LAAV Architects focus on experience, like Maralah’s sunken bedroom—easily its best feature. Fully encased in glass, it allows you to gaze into the Bow River below for a getaway you wouldn’t soon forget.