The opening as a hole

Fig. 31: Embedded in the steep coastal cliffs

Adalberto Libera: Casa Malaparte, Capri (I), 194"

Fig. 31: Embedded in the steep coastal cliffs

Adalberto Libera: Casa Malaparte, Capri (I), 194"

Adalberto Libera: Casa Malaparte

Besides the numerous small openings in the facade, Casa Malaparte has four large, carefully positioned openings. From inside, whether sitting or standing, these permit an unrestricted view of the steep, rocky coastline of the island of Capri. The inside of each opening has an elaborately carved chestnut frame, giving the effect of a "painting". The glass, as the physical separation between inside and outside, has no frame and is fitted flush with the outside face of the wall, which enables the thickness of the external wall to be experienced from inside. From the outside, however, this flush arrangement emphasises the homogeneity of the envelope.

Villa Malaparte Drawings Inner

Fig. 32: View of the steep coastal cliffs framed as a "painting"

Adalberto Libera: Casa Malaparte, Capri (I), 1941

Fig. 32: View of the steep coastal cliffs framed as a "painting"

Adalberto Libera: Casa Malaparte, Capri (I), 1941

Rudolf Olgiati: Van Heusden House

The tower-like appearance of this building is reinforced by the limited number of "punched" openings in the walls. The deep "hoppers" suggest mass and promise a solid, monolithic form of construction. On the contrary, the walls are thin skins. Only a section through the building reveals this to be a contemporary design using a minimum of materials. The inward projection of the window "hoppers" either frames the view of the outside world or focuses the incoming daylight.

Alejandro Sota Housing Block

Fig. 34: Cantilevering glass oriels enable good views of the street below.

Alejandro de La Sota: Calle Prior apartment block, Salamanca (E), 1963

Fig. 34: Cantilevering glass oriels enable good views of the street below.

Alejandro de La Sota: Calle Prior apartment block, Salamanca (E), 1963

Alejandro de La Sota: Calle Prior apartment block

The Calle Prior is a narrow street that does not permit any balconies with a useful size. Nevertheless, tenants are still given the chance to "keep an eye on the street".

Glass "showcases" protrude from the facade to enable a view of the entire street. They are glazed on all four sides and therefore stand out quite clearly from traditional oriels or windows. When looking out of the window the feeling of stepping out into the street is reinforced by this design and becomes an architectural feature.

Rudolf Olgiati Van Heusden

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