It's been 45 years since the last years of the popularity of Brutalist design but architects Laertis Antonios Ando Vassiliou and Pantelis Kampouropoulos think it's about time the retro style got a contemporary update with a luxury twist. Together at their firm, OPA Works, the Greek architect duo created the striking "Casa Brutale" concept house on the shore of the Aegean Ocean.
Vassilou and Kampouropoulos call their cliffside home design "a poetic homage to pure Brutalism." The design is a dizzying mix of soft, nature serenity and harsh, intimidating lines.
The razor-sharp lines of the concrete edges play against the curve of the grasses and the soft watery lines of the ocean and the pool.
The pool is made of reinforced glass between the concrete walls. It also acts as the home's skylight.
This distorts the light into aqua patterns as it plays on the interior of the space.
Brutalism was a popular midcentury architecture movement spanning from approximately 1950 to 1970. It was a continuation of the European modernist movement at the turn of the century.
The term doesn't derive from "brute" or "brutish", like many believe, but rather the French word for "raw concrete."
Brutalist buildings are typically large, open air spaces that allow their raw materials to remain exposed and integral to the design.
Brutalism was always controversial and while many saw the post-WWII style to be the look of a promising future, many saw the buildings as bleak and cold, particularly in areas devastated by war.
What do you think? Could you live in a neo-Brutalist building? Or is it just too much concrete and starkness for you?
Via: OPA Works