A short descent brings you to the main living space, which has a gigantic facade made of glass and provides simply unforgettable views.
The Aegean Sea is a mesmerizing body of water that holds many fantastic islands between Greece and Turkey. Situated against a grand cliff overlooking the clear blue is Casa Brutale, a home concept that is really a work of genius. This project was the work of Open Platform for Architecture (OPA) and their sleek, modern designs. They have managed to conceal the entire home-space unit within the rock and there is very little impact to the surrounding environment. There are hardly a few areas of Casa Brutale that is evidently visible from the outside. Among them are its surface swimming pool and a set of steps leading up to the home. A short descent brings you to the main living space, which has a gigantic facade made of glass and provides simply unforgettable views.
You can witness the glory of the surroundings even from your bed as the decor is minimal to avoid detracting from the natural beauty all around. There are also cool concrete surfaces that are offset by some fine aged wood. Nature plays a huge role within the home as both the front glazing and the home's roof serve as sources of natural light. The skylight also doubles as the glass-bottomed pool allowing residents to gaze below in yonder, producing a unique effect to those 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.
According to OPA founding partner Laertis-Antonios Ando Vassiliou, the goal of Casa Brutale from its inception was to become a viral phenomenon: “The whole project was designed for almost 4 months (March to July 2015) in order to 'break the internet'". He added: "We wanted to create a sensation in every possible way and through this project to actually showcase our platform as this project describes fully our aesthetics and design philosophy.” He went on to say: “Since we've succeeded so far, we would definitely encourage our colleagues to follow the same path: dream big, design big, publish big. We've been through some tough unemployment periods and we know for sure that the job safari is not the most creative task. By chasing the viral idea at least you sharpen your skills and strengthen your portfolio with interesting projects.”
The rocks within the cliff were a slight cause to worry for some eager architects, but Ando Vassiliou brushed all that aside. “No,” said Ando Vassiliou, when asked if they would break. “In spite of this being one of the people's greatest fears, this isn’t going to happen with the proper excavation procedure. As the house is nesting inside the cliff and not upon it, it is extremely well-anchored as part of the Earth’s ‘system,’” he added. That being said, there are other structural challenges to face as they continue to develop on the house. "With only two sides of the house exposed to natural light, illumination of the interior would be far more challenging. Then there are the added concerns of maintaining an elevator, staircases, and sloped ramps for the garage (which requires weatherproofing for the heavy snow on the Faqra mountain between December and March)—all of which are essential to the house functioning properly,” he added.