Casa Brutale:Life on the edge.
OPA (Open Platform for Architecture ) has presented its new conceptual cliffside home, Casa Brutale.
Casa Brutale is a geometrical translation of the landscape surrounding it and an unclad statement of simplicity and harmony in contemporary architecture. It redefines the harmonious coexistence of human and nature in a poetic homage to pure Brutalism, a movement that consists in the repetition of angular geometries, mainly using concrete as the main building material. The style emerged between 1950 and 1970 and its name comes from the French ‘béton brut’ (raw concrete).
Greek architects Ando Laertis Antonios Kampouropoulos and Pantelis Vassiliou have created an impacting architectural masterpiece tucked away into the rock of a cliff. In literal groundbreaking integration, Casa Brutale penetrates the landscape. It has a pool and roof with a glass bottom, so the visual line is continuous with the infinite blue Greek sky and the Aegean Sea, located just opposite the cliff.
The residence is constructed with simple materials: wood, glass and concrete, the convergence of the surrounding earth and water, putting the focus on the landscape and ocean. In essential simplicity, Casa Brutale is defined by three thick concrete slabs. Nothing extends above the ground level, and impact is limited to a single façade that separates the vertical cliff face.
After descending 50 stairs to the Aegean, under the shadows of epic concrete beams, you reach the entrance (also accessible by elevator). The tall, rotating door of aged wood opens to a breathtaking sea view, through the glass façade. The remaining space is bare, pure and simple; minimalism at its best.
An inner staircase consists of thin, steel steps that allow the optical continuity from the kitchen to the glass façade. The staircase leads you to the mezzanine floor, where the master bedroom is exposed to the same overpowering vision of the Aegean. The bed is cast of concrete with wood finishing, while the walls are covered with mirror to enhance the play between light and shadows.