We love interesting architecture and design here at Average Joes and while the Casa Brutale won’t be to everyone’s taste, it is most certainly that. Greek-based Open Platform for Architecture has designed the concept home which they’re hoping will be turned into a reality off the side of a cliff overlooking the Aegean Sea.
According to Open Platform for Architecture (OPA) ‘Casa Brutale redefines the harmonious coexistence of human and nature in a poetic homage to pure Brutalism.’ While we wouldn’t have been to describe it quite so eloquently, we love designs like this which merge man and nature seamlessly.
First thing you’ll notice is the stunning view Casa Brutale will possess with views straight into the Aegean Sea. The place itself is constructed with simple materials: wood, glass and concrete. But landscape is integral to the underlying concept, since the elements penetrate and prevail over the construction so prominently.
The construction of Casa Brutale is obviously far from simple as the home is submerged into the cliff, but in essence it is defined by three thick concrete slabs. But glass is important too – the roof of Casa Brutale is a glazed bottom swimming pool made by reinforced glass, so the Brutalism is softened as you’ll see light and water merge through the roof.
The underground building benefits from a perfect homeostatic mechanism with thermal insulation from the surrounding ground. After descending 50 stairs, you’ll reach the entrance (also accessible by elevator). The tall, rotating door of aged wood opens to a breathtaking sea view, through more glass at the front of the house.
The remaining space is bare, pure and simple; minimalism at its best. A concrete cast dining table is combined with concrete benches, clad with warm wood. Smooth curves sculpture the fireplace on the wall next to the bench. Behind the dining table, the guest room is formed under an old-fashioned Zoellner slab with a glass corner. Next to the guest room, there is a small passage to the storage room and bathroom.
An inner staircase in Casa Brutale consists of thin steel which 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.
It’s an incredible design but because OPA still has some technical details to iron out, the cost of Casa Brutale isn’t yet known. OPA are currently looking for investors to fund the project but rather unsurprisingly, investors are a little wary of anything Greek in this current climate!