Villa Malaparte

Villa Malaparte
14/03/2016 Alessandro

Villa Malaparte


Villa Malaparte was built between 1938 and 1942, in Capri. The original project – designed by rationalist architect Adalberto Libera – was modified during construction by the owner – writer and journalist Curzio Malaparte – to the point that even today there are doubts about the authorship of the Villa.

The spectacular view from the coastal stacks, the long flight of stairs that leads to the roof where Brigitte Bardot – in the film Contempt (Le Mépris) – sunbathed sheltered behind the famous white sail, the main living room with its windows framing the landscape, built – as well as the coloured maioliche – 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.

Re-creation for virtual reality

The complete reconstruction of the exterior and interior of Villa Malaparte – as they appeared in the early ’40s, was – more than a technical challenge – a philological study.

The Villa and its surroundings were completely reconstructed in real time 3D starting from photographic images, printed publications, scholar thesis, without the aid of digital technical designs.

The project – optimized for the Oculus Rift headset – was premiered during the Bologna Design Week 2015 and introduced by a lecture by architect Claudio Silvestrin; it is available for free download, after verification of the compatible visualization hardware required, or at our offices by appointment.