Brutalism is a style of architecture that was most prominent from the 1950s to 1970s. Deriving the name from the French béton brut meaning "raw concrete," the design style rejected earlier lighthearted detailing and opted to emphasize strength, structure and function. Not surprisingly, the austere design was most popular in government and educational buildings, high rises and shopping centers. 


Greek designers Laertis-Antonios Ando Vassiliou and Pantelis Kampouropoulos of Open Platform for Architecture decided to take those elements and put them into one of the fiercest home designs you'll encounter. 

When first driving up to the remote cliffside location, one would notice nothing at all. Rather than coming up to a looming mansion that creeps into the sightline, it is only upon arrival that a visitor would see the remarkable structure that both penetrates and hides within the landscape.

Despite the incognito design, anyone standing at the entrance would be marveled by the first stunning feature: a rooftop swimming pool. 

The pool has a seamless design overlooking the Aegean Sea and seems to flow directly into the waters below. The bold lack of safety features at the edge of the cliff demands that only the most daring reside here. 

The command for attention doesn't stop there. 

There is a 50-stair descent to the entrance (also accessible by elevator) to a tall rotating door made of aged wood. The long walk is ritualistic in itself as the view is once again drawn to the water. It cannot be helped but to consider how the serenity of the water masks its ferocious power. 

Any who dared not walk to the edge of the cliff can stop at the balcony before the main door for a panoramic view of the sea and the waves crashing below. 

The large loft interior is dynamically lit by natural light that comes filtered through the glass-bottom pool and sea-facing glass wall.

The changing light and filtration through water adds greater texture to the minimalist design.

The only contrast to the grey walls and blue of the sea is the aged wood that covers the built-in seating and table. 

The architectural honesty of Brutalism design adds all the decorative elements needed in the open living space, and all attention is focused on the natural, rather than the man-made. 

A mirrored wall in the master bedroom doubles the effect, and ensures that the first sight and first thought of the resident is water.  

True to the core values of Brutalism, function and flow are key components in the home design. Beyond the main room are all the other necessities of a home, including a fireplace. Consistent with the minimalist design throughout, the dining area extends into an open kitchen.

Though lacking the grandeur of the master bedroom view, a glass cornered guest room provides visitors with the option of a view or added privacy. 

Beyond that lies the bathroom, storage space and utility room. 

Surely this is not every man's dream home, but for the man (or woman) whose steely composure and raw strength can only be matched by a home such as this, Casa Brutale makes a perfect hidden fortress for contemplating life's greater mysteries.