Lyrical brutality. The maximum minimalism. This futuristic residence with a swimming pool on the roof may never become a reality. But there will not be a simple set of beautiful 3D-pictures either. The digital manifesto of the new generation of architects - how do they see our future?
Never thought about living in harmony withnature? About a secluded house on a rocky shore away from prying eyes and human fuss? Or maybe you are a fan of glass and concrete? Ecologists, misanthropes and lovers of extreme conciseness, you have like-minded people. They come from Greece and work in OPA Works studio (Open Platform for Architecture). Pantelis Kamparopoulos and Laertis Antonios Vassilou, Open Platform for Architercture The Open Platform for Architecture (OPA) are two Greek architects, a little over 30, Laertis Antonios Vassilou and Pantelis Kamparopoulos. Both are graduates of respected Greek universities, the Higher Technology Institute in Patras and the Athenian Technical University, scholarship holders of no less respectable European academies. To their not serious age for Greek specialists - participants of quite serious projects both in Greece and abroad, laureates of prizes and competitions. Both grew up on the coast of Rhodes, and therefore the Aegean waters, worn out by the cunning Odysseus, are perceived epically. "To unite the functional architecture with respect to the nature that has protected humanity for centuries, with the help of new fresh ideas" - so the architects formulate the main goal of the OPA they created in 2014. opaworks.com Literally ingrained in the rock Casa Brutale- "The house is brutal" not only aesthetically, but also quite financially. It should be built of three slabs of so-called unprocessed concrete - beton brut in French. Hence the name. But the idea underlying the project is more romantic, though with a rebellious bias. OPA Works Studio: - This is a translation of the landscape into a language of geometry, a direct statement about the simplicity and harmony of modern innovative architecture, about its unused capabilities. We conceived a chameleon space, which must be created simultaneously for a faithful service to its owner, and for living in respect for the environment. And yet this is an inverted link to another house we love - Casa Malaparte. opaworks.com Villa Malaparte, designed in the late 30'sknown rationalist Adalberto Libera, and to this day looks from a 32-meter cliff on the island of Capri to the Salerno Bay. Conceived by the same manifesto as its brutal "younger brother", the villa never did - the journalist and writer Malaparte quarreled with his designer and built the residence already with other people. From Libera remained an unusual for the Mediterranean design with a high wide staircase leading to the site for sunbathing. In the late 60's Godard shot on her Brigitte Bardot in the film "Contempt". In contrast to Villa Malaparte, the staircase CasaBrutale - 50 concrete steps - does not lead up, but down. The building is completely recessed into the cliff to prevent the view from enjoying the endless landscape. Rock, the sea and the endless blue of the southern sky. Instead of a roof - a transparent pool ofreinforced glass, it softens the stiffness of the main material and lets a lot of light. Refracted by water, this light creates fantastic pictures on the walls and ceiling - a continuation of the poetics of the Aegean Sea. Casa Brutale impresses with its primitive elegance. OPA Works studio: - We tried to use the simplest materials: wood, glass and concrete. This place is the point of convergence of the earth and water. On the one hand, these elements dominate the design aesthetically. On the other hand, our house derives benefits from them through the mechanism of thermoregulation from its surrounding land and the cooling effect of the pool on the roof. opaworks.com Through the high rotating door of the agedtree visitor enters immediately into the open space with a fantastic panorama of the Aegean Sea. With such a wealth of natural scenery, any tricks with decoration are redundant. Inside, minimalism is uncompromising and exclusive. The dining table cast from concrete is combined with concrete benches covered with a warm brown-red tree. Next to the benches is a soft bend of the fireplace. Behind the table is a modest guest room with a glass corner. Between it and the stove is a small passage to the utility rooms: bathroom, toilet and dressing room. The internal staircase consists of thin steel steps, which swing the visual bridge from the kitchen to the glass facade and further, to the horizon line. This staircase leads to the master bedroom. The concrete bed is covered with wood, and one of the walls - with mirrored panels, to enhance the impression of the game of sun glare. Finish the composition of rare details of steel and wood. The only decor that OPA allowed itself was a mean drawing on a concrete slab, squeezed out by a board. Dedication to the simplicity and grandeur of nature - socall their project young architects. Technically, it is completely incarnate: all calculations and drawings have an OPA. Is there a new Malaparte who wants to breathe life into them? Unknown. Anyway, the concept itself has become a source of inspiration for the colleagues of these young Greeks from around the world who are quick to comment on it on the web and are interested in details.