In terms of dramatic views, it’s hard to beat Casa Brutale’s offerings.
Fifty stairs, looking as if they’ll drop you straight into the Aegean sea, lead down to the villa’s rotating entrance door.
Originally thought up as an architectural project to ‘break the internet’, the project is a reference to Casa Malaparte, one of Italy’s most important architectural projects in recent history.
Carved into stone, the spectacular villa is invisible from land; but from the sea, its large windows open a window into the rock.
The Open Platform for Architecture (OAP), the creative minds behind Casa Brutale, describe it as a ‘chameleonic living space’, created to serve the owner while being respectful to the environment it was built in.
As such, while its façade changes the cliff side, the building doesn’t create any volume above ground level.
Glass and concrete, set off with brown-red aged wood, are the main materials the villa is built from, creating a mesmerizing pattern of shadow and light.
Adding to this is the villa’s roof, a highlight in itself: through a glass-bottomed swimming pool, made from reinforced glass, light floods in, creating a feel of being under the Aegean Sea as the water breaks the light.
But it also serves a practical purpose, in that the pool is part of Casa Brutale’s homeostatic mechanism, which means it maintains a constant internal environment.
The pool acts as a cooling agent, while the surrounding cliff provides thermal insulation.
The decision to use raw concrete – often better known as beton brut – is OAP’s nod to brutalist architecture, just like the name Casa Brutale.
And because it received plenty of attention, the Open Platform for Architecture (OPA) is currently realizing the project for a client – although not in Greece, but on a mountain in Lebanon, at an elevation of 1,600 meters.
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