Photos: Open Platform for Architecture
Photos: Open Platform for Architecture

Casa Brutale, designed by Open Platform for Architecture (OPA), utilizes a minimalistic concrete form in a natural setting to make a dramatic "unclad statement on the simplicity and harmony of contemporary architecture."

The volumetrically inverted underground home is illuminated by natural light via large glass facade frames that allow a breathtaking view out to the Aegean Sea, and sunlight reflected through water in the crystalline pool (made by reinforced glass) that serves as a roof for the home. 

The residence is constructed with simple materials: wood, glass and concrete, the convergence of the surrounding earth and water. The landscape is integral to the underlying concept, since elements penetrate and prevail over the construction. The roof of Casa Brutale, a glazed bottom swimming pool, is a continuation of the poetic Aegean Sea and in perfect communication with the vast blue of the Greek sky.

A tall, rotating entrance door made of aged wood welcomes visitors 50 steps below the ground, covered by dramatic concrete beams, and reveals a beautiful interior, just as minimalistic (and dramatic) as the exterior.

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