AD Classics: Villa Malaparte / Adalberto Libera

06:00 - 4 January, 2016
AD Classics: Villa Malaparte / Adalberto Libera, © Flickr User: Sean Munson
© Flickr User: Sean Munson

Villa Malaparte, built in 1938 by the Rationalist architect Adalberto Libera in Punta Massullo on the Isle of Capri, is considered to be one of the best examples of Modern Italian architecture. The house, a red structure with inverted pyramid stairs, sits 32 meters over a cliff on the Gulf of Salerno. It is completely isolated from civilization, only accessible by foot or by boat.

The house was commissioned by the Italian writer, Curzio Malaparte whose eccentric character eventually led him to dominate the design process, causing serious conflict with Libera. Malaparte wanted the house to reflect his own personal character and become a place for solitary contemplation and writing. He once said: "Now I live on an island, in an austere and melancholy house, which I built myself on a lonely cliff above the sea. [It is] the image of my desire."

© Gloria Saravia Ortiz. PhD Arquitecta UPC Barcelona España.  Académica Escuela de Arquitectura Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. © Gloria Saravia Ortiz. PhD Arquitecta UPC Barcelona España.  Académica Escuela de Arquitectura Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. © Karl Lagerfeld © Flickr User: John Athayde +15

Films & Architecture: "Contempt"

11:30 - 18 December, 2012

In collaboration with Carlo Ponti, Jean-Luc Godard, one of the main representatives of the 60′s French film movement La Nouvelle Vague, adapted the Alberto Moravia novel Il disprezzo (A Ghost at Noon), written almost 10 years before, into Contempt. The result is a film where each scene is a composition in terms of colour, proportion, and contrast. And as an extra gift for us architects, most of the story takes place in and around the Villa Malaparte in Capri island, a stunning house on a rocky coast.

We invite you to enjoy this classic and let us know your ideas about the movie, this amazing house and the relationship with the surrounding landscape. More after the break.