Malaparte House

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Malaparte House
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Architect: Adalberto Libera, Curzio Malaparte
Year(s) of construction: 1938-1943
Location: Punta Masullo, Capri, Italy
Coordinates: 40° 32' 49" N, 14° 15' 33" E
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Introduction

Casa Malaparte, currently managed by the Foundation Malaparte, with its attractive, hidden meanings and inspires endless sensations, it is certainly a symbol of the houses to attract the attention not only for its architecture but also for the imprint left on the island Capri as well as by the personality of its owner.


History

Born of the controversial partnership between the emblematic Curzio Malaparte owner and one of the greatest architectural rationalism s.XX, the architect Adalberto Libera.

Casa Malaparte is a modern architectural work of 1937 for long regarded as a work of Italian architect Adalberto Libera and is currently assigned to its owner, the writer Curzio Malaparte.

Malaparte initial scheme rejected it as linear and rationalist, compared with a bunker or a prison, in addition to the distant Mediterranean spirit. Finally the architect and begin to discuss the writer's work, and is the same Malaparte who with the help of local masons and culminates directs the project.

Thus, it is a mistake to assign the project because the Libera Curzio Malaparte, the architect has signed only a few planes.

Casa Malaparte was abandoned for a long time after the death of Curzio Malaparte. Seriously damaged by weather and vandalism, even lost their sumptuous ceramic oven prior to a long and costly restoration program in the years 1980-90. Legacy left by the writer in the People's Republic of China. The legacy was challenged by the family of Malaparte. His nephew, grandson, Niccolo Rositani, was the architect of the restoration and preservation of this unique architectural work.

Even today, with its sober lines, located in a stone house off the Farallones jungle seems to defy the beauty of the place and spend time. Precisely the Farallones are the true protagonists of the landscape can be admired from the windows-room table in the sea dividing scenes look at the decoration of the house.

The silhouette of the town confirmed the departure of sticking to the point of being considered for extension.

Being an architectural creation and the assurance of being two such different personalities who worked on its creation and execution for a historic event as rich as it was the second world war, Casa Malaparte is considered a historical monument.


Situation

Casa Malaparte (Villa Malaparte) is a house in Punta Massullo in the eastern part of the Isle of Capri, Italy.

It sits on a dangerous cliff 32 meters above sea level overlooking the Gulf of Salerno


Access

Casa Malaparte is now a place of study for architects and enthusiasts worldwide. Some cultural events are held regularly in it. Access to the house calls across the island. The last 20m run up by a private property belonging to the Foundation Ronchi. The trip is an hour and a half's walk from the Piazzetta of Capri, at the top of the funicular from Marina Grande. Casa Malaparte is also accessible from the sea, only slowly, because the rock surface and makes access very dangerous. 99 rungs of a ladder leading to the house.


Concept

Have chosen to build his house there was no happy coincidence, the fixed idea of owning a house was Malaparte for itself in the Gulf of Naples, Capri and in particular represented a perfect synthesis of the essential elements of their search of solitude and love, but also a challenge to itself for the realization of a company considered impossible.

Malaparte wrote an essay explaining their intentions for the Casa Malaparte, which explained that the house was built himself, would be his own portrait in stone.


Spaces

The building is divided into 3 levels, the summit lies a large terrace to the sea and you get cut down a staircase that keystone is perfectly adapted to this stretch of rock.

Casa Malaparte is a red brick parallelepiped carved by an inverted pyramid monumental staircase leading to a flat roof used as a solarium. A blank wall on the curve is free on the roof.

On the ground floor, plus a guest wing, a room with a Tyrolean wood stove.

On the first floor rooms and marble bathrooms in Pompeian style combined with a huge atrium and reception room is modern and archaic, romantic and classical elements while linking. It also houses a library.

The large hall in the center of the oblong building is the courtyard of a small castle.

On one wall is a large fireplace, and another of the walls of a high-Pericle Tazzini, a contemporary of Malaparte, interwoven with human figures that evoke the erotic reliefs on the facades of the old temples Kajuraho, India.

The focus is on the views from the windows, showing fragments of the landscape of Punta Massullo, particularly near the cliffs of rocks. Curzio Malaparte had persuaded a friend to frame painter length windows with the same wooden frames for paintings, which gives a pictorial view and colorful.

One of the highlights is the back wall of the chimney, made of glass that gives the opportunity to also enjoy the views through the flames. This special glass that resists high temperatures at the plant was commissioned in Zeiss Jena.


Materials

Masonry typical Mediterranean at the time, bricks, cement, stone.

Wooden frames for doors and windows.

Marble bath master bedroom as well as the lining of some walls.

The floor, made of rough slabs of stone in the great room with ceramic and decorated in many of the other areas, such as bedrooms, bathrooms and atrium.

Special refractory glass on the end wall of the chimney.

Pompeii red exterior paint, interior white paint.


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