Brutalist Bond-villain style home set for meltdown Greece


Greece is facing financial meltdown but an ambitious new architectural project is still on track.

With a roof doubling up as a swimming pool and a stunning view out to sea, few people would guess that a stunning home is set to be built in the economically threatened nation.

Resembling the lair of a James Bond villain Casa Brutale has been designed to be built into cliffs overlooking the Aegean sea. It is described by Open Platform for Architecture (OPA) as “a chameleonic living space, created to serve its owner and respect the environment.”


“Casa Brutale redefines the harmonious coexistence of human and nature in a poetic homage to pure Brutalism,” said the architects.

As well as a swimming pool, the home contains a master bedroom, a guest room, a sculpted fireplace, a concrete dining table and benches.

The project will be built from basic materials, predominantly heavy concrete slabs, glass and wood.

The architects said: “Casa Brutale is OPA’s challenging vision of innovative architecture, 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.

“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.”

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One Response to Brutalist Bond-villain style home set for meltdown Greece

  1. Thom Bohlen says:

    This is a very poetic design, but the site appears romanticized, as the rendered building setting looks terribly isolated. Also, the reality of looking up to the sky through the open surfaced pool above will require a great pool cleaning service, or an unemployed Greek to clean it often. Also, the internal space will have that “living in a cave experience” that our human ancestors must have endured, but have been trying to get away from ever since.

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