Stunning Home Embedded in Cliff Overlooking the Aegean Sea

Set flush against a cliff overlooking the Aegean Sea is Casa Brutale, a home concept that'll literally have you living life on the edge. The project was created by OPA (Open Platform for Architecture), and its sleek, modern design conceals nearly the entire unit within rock. As a result, there's relatively little impact to the surrounding environment.

Few areas of Casa Brutale are visible from the outside, two of which are its surface swimming pool and a set of steps. A short descent brings you into the main living space, which has an enormous glass facade and provides unforgettable views throughout the entire residence–even from bed. To avoid detracting from the natural beauty of the scenic environment, decor is minimal and features cool concrete surfaces offset by gorgeous aged wood.

In addition to the architecture's complementing  integration in the earth, nature plays a big role within the home. Both the front glazing and the home's roof serve as sources of natural light. This skylight actually doubles as the glass-bottomed pool, allowing swimmers to gaze below. It also produces a unique effect if you're within the space. The sun passes through the billowing body of water, and the liquid diffuses the light, reflecting brilliant patterns onto Casa Brutale's floors and walls. You can't help but feel that you're under the sea.

OPA: Website
via [ArchDaily]

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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