Cliff Notes

Bespoke - - BREAK THE RULES -

This house, de­scribed by many on­line as the ideal lay­away for a Jamed Bond vil­lain, had an in­ter­est­ing ges­ta­tion. It first emerged in July 2015, when the Dutch ar­chi­tec­ture firm OPA re­leased some ren­der­ings of a con­cep­tual home – Casa Bru­tale, on their In­sta­gram page. The im­ages went vi­ral, spread­ing far and wide, and even­tu­ally reached the in­box of Alex Demird­jian in Le­banon. He’s the CEO of the de­vel­op­ment com­pany, Demco Prop­er­ties, and so en­am­oured was he with the sub­ter­ranean home that he got in touch with OPA to see if they’d be will­ing to turn it into a re­al­ity. After just a cou­ple of meet­ings, the two par­ties reached terms and it was agreed that Laer­tis An­to­nios Ando Vas­sil­iou, a co­founder of OPA, would cre­ate a new firm (called LAAV Ar­chi­tects) and take the lead in lo­cal­is­ing the de­sign for Demco’s Re­drock project in Faqra, a high-end res­i­den­tial com­mu­nity in Le­banon, which is sit­u­ated at an el­e­va­tion of 1,800 me­tres above sea-level. They also de­cided that LAAV should take on a strong en­gi­neer­ing part­ner to en­sure the vi­a­bil­ity and in­tegrity of the cliff­side house and Arup from Am­s­ter­dam was cho­sen for its stel­lar track record on pres­ti­gious projects such as Syd­ney’s Opera House and the Bird’s Nest in Bei­jing. We’ve been in­formed by Demco that pil­ing will be­gin this May and the house should be com­pleted 24 months after that.

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