2015-proposed cliff-top residence to be constructed in Beirut

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Open Platform for Architecture (OPA) has announced that construction will soon begin for the 2015-proposed ‘Casa Brutale’ in Beirut, Lebanon.

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First released last year to be built into cliffs overlooking the Aegean sea, the project is now planned for construction in Lebanon, led by engineering giants Arup, conducted by its team in Amsterdam in collaboration with architecture firm OPA and local Lebanese office Sarkis Azadian Architects.

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Casa Brutale is designed for people who want to literally live on the edge, and was previously described as a house perfectly suited to James Bond.

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The house will be built on the exclusive Faqra mountain outside the capital of Beirut, at an altitude of 1600m, 150m below the peak.

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Site outside Beirut selected for Casa Brutale

The cliff residence has grown since its initial proposal, and is now 270m2, previously planned to be 180m2 with an estimated project budget of $2.5 million. The house can now accommodate up to six people, with a mezzanine floor and a second bedroom added to the previous design. It also includes an underground parking lot of up to three cars.

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The view from the cliff-high residence

When first proposed, the architects said: “Casa Brutale redefines the harmonious coexistence of human and nature in a poetic homage to pure Brutalism.

They also explained that the project will be built from basic materials, predominantly heavy concrete slabs, glass and wood.

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The architects added: “Casa Brutale is OPA’s challenging vision of innovative architecture, where innovation refers to long forgotten terms such as ambience and materiality.”

 

 

 

 

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