Casa Brutale
by Open Platform for Architecture // Greece, 2015

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Casa Brutale is the name of a concept house integrated into a cliff. The house offers a splendid sea view from the inside and has a rooftop pool. The concept was developed on the Aegean coast by a Greek duo of architects, Laertis Antonios Ando Vassiliou and Pantelis Kampouropoulos of OPA.

Casa Brutaleis a linear definition of a cliff and is actually hewn into this. The concept relates to the ancient Lycians who built granaries and homes inside cliff rock.
Casa Brutale can only be accessed via an overground entrance that leads to the floors below. The “Infinity Pool” has a glass floor which is also the roof of the building, offering a spectacular view of the sea as well as the sky. Interior furnishings are clear, consistent in their planning and minimalist. Simple, original materials like wood, glass and concrete are used. Casa Brutale is insulated by the surrounding soil. The house concept is a somewhat brutal carving inside the landscape but it does offer the potential to retreat into natural surroundings, limited only by rock and water.

The architects owe their inspiration to Villa Malaparte on Capri which was planned inside a rock by architect Adalberto Libera in 1930 for a writer named Curzio Malaparte. It became world-famous as it was featured in Jean-Luc Godard’s film “Contempt” (“Le Mépris”) starring Brigitte Bardot and Michel Piccoli.