Ployratsamee's case study : Casa Malaparte

(Italian Modern an Contemporary architecture - 1937)

(Top view)

              Casa Malaparte is located on the eastern side of the Isle of Capri, Italy. The villa is embedded into the rocky and sits approximately 32 feet above sea level. This unique piece of architecture overlooks a breathtaking panorama of the Gulf of Salerno and is located in the most solitary and dramatic part of Capri. The house itself, a red rectangular box with reverse pyramidal stair, is strikingly simple in plan. What make Casa Malaparte truly unique is its complete immersion in its beautiful and rugged landscape.

 (front view and back view of the building)

(elevation of the building)

(sections of the building)

           The building is approximately 92 feet long and 22 feet wide. It sits primarily on two floors, with the ground floor occupying exactly half the are of the upper floor. A small basement sits below the ground floor and occupies about one third of the area of the upper floor. Casa Malaparte is made entirely out of brick. The rough stone floor, large plate glass window, and large sparsely furnished rooms reinforce the impression of an outdoor public space. The structure truly celebrates the landscape, rather than the architecture itself.

                It has been said that Casa Malaparte both do minates and engages its natural surrounding. The Villa's massive windows help to highlight the structures closeness with nature. In the central hall, a massive room of 26 x 50 feet, four enormous plate glass windows are set into the walls. The windows mirror each other, creating an impression of double symmetry and aloo viewers to feel that they are surrounded by nature.

(Section drawing that show the view from the central hall)

( Here is the interior drawing of the central hall which label the window from left to right respectively)

(The view of the central hall which one who stand the the middle of the room)

  (Interior view of fireplace window)

        In conclude, extended from last project I defined the word domesticity as making one self  part of the set or belonging  to the place. In this part of the project  I'm trying developing the idea about how people could bring themselves to belong to the place by the picture frame. The house was build to frame the environment as same as people put themselves into the frame trying to be part of the set.