Casa Brutale: Lyrical Brutalism

Type
A geometrical translation of the landscape.
Location
Faqra Lebanon
Description
1,600 meters (5249 feet) above sea level, inside a cliff.
Delivery
2016
Services
Designed for the people that want to live literally and figuratively on the edge

Casa Brutale redefines the harmonious coexistence of human and nature in a poetic homage to pure Brutalism.

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.

Casa Brutale will be built on the exclusive RedRock Mountain outside Beirut, at an altitude of 1,600 meters, more specifically, 150 meters below the peak. The cliff residence has grown since the first concept and it is now 270 square meters. (It used to be 180sqm)

Casa Brutale is OPA’s challenging vision of innovative architecture, developed by Demco properties, where innovation refers to long forgotten terms such as ambience and materiality. Its subtle form allows for the magnificent view and the game of light and shadow to take center stage. The residence is constructed with simple materials: wood, glass and concrete, the convergence of the surrounding earth and water.

In essential simplicity, Casa Brutale is defined by three thick concrete slabs with all the installations preformed. The crystalline pool, made by reinforced glass, is set between the walls to smoothen the hard materials and let the abundant natural light through, illuminating the residence. The enormous glass façade frames and extracts the beauty of the Aegean. And small details of black-coated steel and brown/red aged wood complete the composition.

In literal groundbreaking integration, Casa Brutale penetrates the landscape. The underground building benefits from a perfect homeostatic mechanism with thermal insulation from the surrounding ground, and the cooling properties of the swimming pool. The optical impact of the building on the landscape is minimal, with only one façade on the cliff side and no volume extruding from the ground level.

Light penetrates the transparent or semi-transparent surfaces of Casa Brutale, bringing it to life. The dynamic light patterns caress the bare concrete with refractions and shadows. Bare concrete, or beton brut, is the finishing technique that gave the name to both brutalism and Casa Brutale. Raw, unpretentious, monolithic, marked by the wooden planks used to mold the casting...

Casa Brutale redefines the harmonious coexistence of human and nature in a poetic homage to pure Brutalism.


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