Casa Brutale Concept

The Casa Brutale concept is the latest from OPA Works (open platform architecture), a Greek design firm with a vision for innovative architecture.

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OPA calls it lyrical brutalism, a “geometrical translation of the landscape.” Three concrete slabs penetrate the ground and offer occupants the homeostatic mechanism of thermal insulation.

Home construction materials are simple (glass, wood, and raw concrete), so as to maintain the focus of the oceanic landscape. An infinity pool occupies the roof while its waves reflect dancing light in the living space below. A single large glass façade frames the beauty of the Aegean Sea.

OPA calls the roof “a continuation of the poetic Aegean Sea and in perfect communication with the vast blue of the Greek sky.”

Design was inspired by the famed Casa Malaparte by Italian modern architect Adalberto Libera, built in 1937.

Nothing extends from the home beyond ground level, leaving the landscape visually unmolested.  Inside, the home is minimalist and bare – by design – to minimize visual distractions and not take away from the beauty of the sea.

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The home offers a concrete stairway that appears to descend into the sea. A balcony sits at the base of the stairs, hanging off the side of the cliff. Entry to the home is at the base of the exterior stairway. Inside, a loft floor plan has the master bedroom on the mezzanine, upstairs and in the center of the living space.

Furnishings continue the brutalist theme in a bare concrete (or “Béton brut“) style. The dining table, kitchen counter tops, master bed, and nightstands are all concrete.

OPA offers the following description:

Casa Brutale is a geometrical translation of the landscape. It is an unclad statement on the simplicity and harmony of contemporary architecture. It is a chameleonic living space, created to serve its owner and respect the environment. It is the inverted reference to Casa Malaparte, encased and protected by the tender earth that has hosted the human civilization for millennia. It is a complete study of aesthetics, structure, function and engineering, which thoroughly detailed, awaits solely its realisation.

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Thanks to OPA Works, the Casa Brutale does well to define the coexistence of humans and nature in their homage to Brutalism.

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images courtesy OPA Works

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