OPA presents the conceptual Casa Brutale, a brutalist translation of the landscape enclosed in a sharp cliffside overlooking the Aegean sea. Nothing extends above the ground level, and impact is limited to a single façade that separates the vertical cliff face.
The elements of the landscape penetrate and prevail over the construction. The two levels building is made mostly in wood, glass and concrete to enhance the convergence of the surrounding earth and water.
The roof consists in a glazed bottom swimming pool that works as a continuation of the poetic Aegean Sea and it is in perfect communication with the vast blue of the Greek sky. Inside, Casa Brutale offers a magnificent view whilst the game of light and shadow take center stage.
Casa Brutale is defined by three thick concrete slabs with all the installations preformed. The crystalline pool, made by reinforced glass, is set between the walls to smoothen the hard materials. It also works and a stunning skylight illuminating the interiors.
The underground building benefits from a perfect homeostatic mechanism with thermal insulation from the surrounding ground, and the cooling properties of the swimming pool.
After descending 50 stairs to the Aegean, under the shadows of concrete beams, a tall, rotating door of aged wood opens to a breathtaking sea view, through the glass façade.
Inside a bare, simple and pure space with a sculptural fire place hosts a concrete cast dining table combined with a set of concrete benches topped with a wood surface.
An thin, steel staircase allows the optical continuity from the kitchen to the glass façade and leads to the master bedroom in the mezzanine floor. The bed is cast of concrete with wood finishing, while the walls are covered with mirror to enhance the play between light and shadows.
“Bare concrete, or beton brut, is the finishing technique that gave the name to both brutalism and Casa Brutale. Raw, unpretentious, monolithic… This projects redefines the harmonious coexistence of human and nature in a poetic homage to pure Brutalism” say at OPA – Open Platform for Architecture.
The project takes inspirations by the Casa Malaparte by Adalberto Libera in Capri, a villa clinging on a rocky promontory on the Mediterranean sea. Like Libera’s project OPA aimed to integrate architecture in the surrounding landscape.
Sketches and drawing by OPA.