Skip to main content

A Hillside House Proves that Brutalism Can Be Beautiful

Ghat House is a whole new take on the cliffside home. We’ve seen abodes built on the edges of cliffs and ones built into the sides of cliffs, but Ghat House almost becomes the cliff itself, following the slope of the land from top to bottom as a series of stepped levels.

Located in Cachagua, Chile, Ghat House is an oceanside retreat created by architect Max Núñez. Using the existing topography of the land as inspiration for the footprint of the home, Núñez designed a contemporary brutalist space that is masculine, inviting, and seriously cool (we can easily see Goblin King Jareth from Labyrinth calling this place home).

Thanks to the angled roof, when viewed from the side, the entire home appears to be on a slant. This unique roofline is supported by a series of 15 concrete pillars. Each pillar varies in size and shape, creating an artistic focal point rather than boring support structures.

Much of the beautiful ocean views from the upper floors would have been obscured by having the roofline follow the slope of the land. Núñez’s solution was to create wood-clad forms that cut through the roof, adding visual interest while also providing the upper levels with the spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean. These more private spaces house the bedrooms and bathrooms.

Image used with permission by copyright holder

The wood continues on the interior of the home, bringing warmth to the concrete corralled rooms. The kitchen is all wood with stainless steel countertops; some interior walls and ceilings are also covered in wood.

The only other material used in the home is the glass for the exterior walls. This allows the home to be filled with natural light during the day, ensuring the space feels bright and inviting. When viewed from outside at night, the home appears to glow thanks to carefully placed recessed lighting in the floors. This lighting is also what creates the Labyrinth-esque feel, causing the very M.C. Escher-like stairs to cast shadows onto the ceilings.

Throughout the home, mesmerizing floating concrete staircases pop up, each going to different levels. One set takes you to a quiet sitting area while another opens to the roof, where there is also a staircase leading to a patio. An exterior staircase follows the land down to the lowest level where there is a small veranda, hot tub, and an angular infinity pool that is the perfect spot to watch the sunset.

Looking or more hard-lined architecture? These five brutalist homes are proof that concrete is anything but cold.

Kelsey Machado
Former Digital Trends Contributor
Kelsey is a professional interior designer with over a decade of experience in the design field. With a passion for…
Built Around Boulders, Creek House Blends Japanese and Brutalist Elements
creek house faulkner architects faulner by joe fletcher 4

A rocky, boulder-covered plot is a challenging spot to build a house. And it's even more challenging when the clients ask that those boulders stay intact. That was the problem the team at Faulkner Architects was presented with when designing Creek House. Not only were they able to preserve every boulder, the team found inventive ways to build the home around — and over — the natural outcroppings to create a dramatically beautiful home.

Located in Truckee, California, Creek House was designed to be a serene retreat among the pine trees. From afar, the home appears to be an imposing concrete form filled with hard edges. There are Brutalist revival elements like concrete privacy walls and a dark color palette thanks to the use of blue limestone and black steel. There is a heaviness to the long rectangular house often found in Brutalist designs. But look closer and you find a playful balance between light and dark, heavy and soft that adds a zen-filled vibe to Creek House.

Read more
Best Nectar mattress Prime Day deals: Queen beds under $1,000
A Nectar mattress.

While you might think that Amazon is the place to go for Prime Day deals, many other retailers also host their own sales around the same time. That means we're seeing some awesome mattress sales happening right now. If you're looking for a new Nectar mattress, we've picked out all the best Nectar mattress Prime Day deals below. We've also provided some buying advice on how best to choose the right mattress for your situation and body shape. In no time, you'll have the best night's sleep that you've had in ages. However, don't count on these deals sticking around for long as they're bound to change rapidly over the sales period.
Best Nectar mattress Prime Day deal
Nectar Premier Mattress Memory Foam (Queen) -- $849, was $1,499

If you're having trouble sleeping, it may be because your mattress is all worn out and no longer comfortable. If that's the case, you should take advantage of this offer for the queen-sized Nectar Premier Mattress. It features a dual-action cooling system and the brand's ActiveCool HD phase change material that reacts to your body temperature to keep you cool through the night, and it's made of five layers across thickness of 13 inches. The mattress also offers minimal motion transfer, so you won't disturb whoever's sleeping on it whenever you get in or out of bed.

Read more
Cigar deal: $20 gets you ten 90+ rated cigars with free shipping. Wow
Cigar Page - Oliva and Rocky Patel Top 10 Tag Team bundle

There's nothing I like better than seeing some fantastic deals on good cigars. If that also describes you, then you probably know about Cigar Page already. They really do feature some of "America's best cigar deals," with a wide variety of eclectic bundles like this next one I'm going to share. Right now, you can grab the Oliva and Rocky Patel Top-10 Tag Team bundle, which includes a solid mix of 90+ rated cigars from both brands for just $20. That's actually unbelievable because it includes free shipping. Typically, all the cigars in this bundle would cost $105, so you're saving over $80, not including the shipping costs. Wowzers. Head over to grab it now, or keep reading to see what's in the bundle.

Why you should shop the Oliva and Rocky Patel Top-10 bundle from Cigar Page

Read more