By Mark McConville
INCREDIBLE images have revealed the stunning cabin that could be built into the side of a cliff.
Spectacular shots show concepts of how the cabin would look with the bedroom situated lower than the rest of the home and huge windows allowing a panoramic view of the drop and countryside.
Other striking pictures show the rest of the unique house with a modern kitchen and living area while parts of the cliff would help form some of the outside walls.
The exclusive project is the minimalistic cliff cabin named “Maralah”, which in Native American means: he/she who was born during an earthquake, as a tribute to the history of the specific area as a Native American Reserve.
“Maralah” project has been developed under the guidance of Laertis-Antonios Ando Vassiliou in collaboration with ADD Architects, (Argyris Chronopoulos & Dionysis Koutsioumaris).
In June 2017 Laertis-Antonios Ando Vassiliou, architect and founder/director of OPA Open Platform for Architecture (2014) and LAAV Architects (2016) has been selected as the Ambassador to be featured in films for the new Infiniti QX80 full-size luxury SUV for Infiniti Motors Limited.
“Maralah is an isolation cabin, the perfect escape-retreat for a weekend away from the city,” said Laertis-Antonios Ando Vassiliou.
“It is an architectural tribute to the legacy of Frank Lloyd Wright and John Lautner, partly submerged in the ground, partly cantilevered over the cliff with a dramatic fully glazed bedroom, framing the breathtaking view over the turquoise Bow River.
“The cabin is rather small, 45sqm with an extra of 20sqm as reserves for water supply, wc facilities etc. It is designed to be constructed out of raw concrete, glass and matte black steel.
“The bedroom is located six steps below the kitchen/reading area together with an opaque-glazed toilette and a shower cabin. Small storage space/closet is located under the dining bar/kitchen.
“The reading area is located opposite the kitchen and next to the uncovered layers of the local limestone, where an Eames lounge chair is placed, overlooking the view.
“The shape of Maralah is square, yet with the rotation of 45 degrees it achieves a dynamic relationship with the cliff and the ground and appears as if it has been merged out of the ground during an earthquake, just as its name describes. The slopped, partly-submerged roof is planted in order to blend-in with the environment.”