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casa Malaparte

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Villa Malaparte was built between 1938 and 1942 in Capri. The original project – conceived by the rationalist architect Adalberto Libera – was modified during construction by the writer and journalist Curzio Malaparte – owner of the Villa – to the point that still today there are doubts about its actual paternity. The spectacular view of the sea stacks, the long staircase that leads to the roof on which Brigitte Bardot – in Contempt (Le Mépris) – sunbathed sheltered by the famous sail like white wall, the main hall with its landscaped frames, created – like the colored majolicas – by Alberto Savinio, are just some of the elements that continue to seduce and fascinate scholars, architects, artists and enthusiasts from around the world, despite the fact that the villa has been closed to the public for many years.

The complete virtual reconstruction of the exterior and interior of Villa Malaparte – as it appeared in the early 1940s – before being a technical challenge, is a philological study. The Villa and its surroundings have been completely rebuilt in real time 3D starting from photographic images, paper publications, graduate theses, without the aid of any kind of digital technical design. The project – optimized for Oculus Rift HMD – was premiered at Bologna Design Week 2015 and introduced by a lecture by architect Claudio Silvestrin.

I would like to build it all with my own hands, stone after stone, brick after brick, the city of my heart.

Curzio Malaparte