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OPA’s Casa Brutale, lyrical 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. It is the inverted reference to Casa Malaparte, encased and protected by the tender earth that has hosted the human civilization for millennia. It is a complete study of aesthetics, structure, function and engineering, which thoroughly detailed, awaits solely its realisation.

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Before and After: Assemble Recreates Brutalist Concrete Playgrounds in Foam

As the Balfron Tower in east London—originally a product of 1960s social housing—is now being scrubbed up to be sold off as luxury brutalist apartments, the fate of its fantastical concrete playgrounds is less certain. 

“The tower itself might have been saved, but we’re interested in what happens to the landscapes around these postwar housing estates, and what they represent,” says Jane Hall of young architecture collective Assemble, Chicago Architecture Biennial participants and Turner prize short-listers. As The Guardian notes, “they are currently rebuilding full-sized chunks of these brutalist playgrounds inside the Royal Institute of British Architects in London, in one of the most radical exhibitions ever staged in the prim surrounds of its Portland Place HQ.”