The raw world of Brutalism has a cult following all over the world. The style formerly serving as the go-to choice for mass housing projects comes in all shapes and sizes today – including tropical villas and country houses. We are saying farewell to summer with a selection of Brutalist summer homes available for renting from Iceland to Australia.
Villa Islander | the Turks and Caicos Islands
The harmonious meeting of palm trees and tropical atmosphere with raw Brutalism: Villa Islander is a work of Alessandro Landi an architect who managed to prove that concrete doesn’t have to be cold and rigid with his villa project. The building received glass walls, and became a whole with a pool and a dining terrace.
The Edge | South Coogee, Australia
This large villa designed by Renato D’Ettorre is situated on the edge of the Pacific Ocean, 12 kilometers from the Sydney Opera House. It may seem rigid at first glance, but its atmosphere is softened by the spectacular panorama over the sea, to be enjoyed from all five bedrooms. In the interiors, wooden floors and flashes of brick-red tiles complement the concrete ceiling and pillars, thus framing the calming view across the surrounding landscape.
Tolo House | Cerva, Portugal
The Brutalist holiday home is located on a rocky slope in Cerva, Portugal, approx. fifty minutes from Porto. Architect Alvaro Leite Siza designed the villa’s staggered levels to embrace the natural qualities of the building. Floating wooden steps connect the different levels, combined with minimal furniture and white walls.
Casa Wabi | Puerto Escondido, Mexico
Japanese architect Tadao Ando designed the beach house located in Oaxaca county back in 2016. Its emphatic and characteristic elements include a 312-meter-long concrete wall with contrasting traditional thatched roofs. Casa Wabi was originally intended for artists, but has now opened its doors to everyone. The huts’ interiors are deliberately spacious, with only a few pieces of furniture to encourage peace of mind. Guests can spend their free time in the various communal spaces – including the ocean-facing sunken lounge and a shared kitchen.
Solo Pezo von Ellrichshausen | Cretas, Spain
The summer home designed by Mauricio Pezo and Sofia Von Ellrichshausen is perched between the woods and mountains of a nature reserve in Cretas, with the local wildlife being the only neighbor. The guests can enjoy the surrounding landscape from a covered terrace, while they cool off in the swimming pool.
House Van Wassenhove | Sint-Martens-Latem, Belgium
Belgian architect Juliaan Lampens designed this irregular-shaped Brutalist holiday home back in 1974. Today, it is looked after by the local museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, which allows architecture-fans a chance to book it via Airbnb.
Mountain villa | Grímsnes-og Grafningshreppur, Iceland
The concrete villa situated in Grimsnes-og Grafningshreppur offers spectacular view over Iceland’s most popular tourist trail, the Golden Circle. The two-bedroom house is located near Thingvellir National Park, 45 minutes from the capital, Reykjavik. Floor-to-ceiling windows let guests admire the view from beside the fireplace, or the northern lights from the hot tub installed on the terrace.
Kadju House | Tangalle, Srí Lanka
The seaside home designed by architect Pradeep Kodikara in 2007 is set next to a cashew plantation by Seenimodera Bay in Tangalle. The house can provide comfortable accommodation to up to 8 people. It mixes concrete with natural materials like stone and wood.
TDA House | Puerto Escondido, Mexico
Designed by architecture studio Cadaval & Solà-Morales, this contemporary and, at the same time, Brutalist building is found in Puerto Escondido on Mexico’s Pacific coast. The front entrance faces onto the beach while the cantilevered structure at the back leans over the pool. Completed ten years ago, the summer home sleeps up to eight guests.
Topanga House | Los Angeles, USA
This two-person holiday home in the heartland of Topanga Canyon carries several Brutalist features, including the various concrete details or the concrete-lined swimming pool. The building is owned by the founders of Boutique Homes.
Casa Tiny | Puerto Escondido, Mexico
This small Mexican concrete cabin is a result of a collaboration between architect Araza Arino and director Claudio Sodi, inspired by Henry David Thoreau‘s work titled Walden. The summer home is located in the vicinity of previously mentioned Casa Wabi.
Source: The Spaces