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Curzio Malaparte : Architecture

20th Century Italian – famous for a 20th Century house on the Italian island of Capri

page updated 18 Aug 2016

Casa Malaparte – Key Design by Curzio Malaparte

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Casa Malaparte, Punta Massullo, Capri, Italy
Date built: 1940
Adalberto Libera & Curzio Malaparte

Casa Malaparte, Punta Massullo, Capri, Italy, by Curzio Malaparte architect
photograph : Nemo bis, CC BY-SA 3.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

Celebrated Modern house design

Also known as Villa Malaparte this house is world-famous, especially amongst architects and is a building often studied at university (though not as much as say Ronchamp or the Barcelona Pavilion!). It is coloured a weather beaten red and located on the eastern side of the Isle of Capri.

Curzio Malaparte Architect, Italy
photo : Unknown author, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

The property was built very close to the edge of the cliff (part of its attraction) and roughly 32 metres above the Gulf of Salerno. The house was designed by Italian architect Adalberto Libera around 1937.

Villa Malaparte on Capri, Italy, with ocean, by architect Curzio Malaparte
photo : Peter Schüle, CC BY-SA 3.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

Curzio Malaparte actually rejected Libera’s design and built the home himself with the help of Adolfo Amitrano, a local stonemason.

The property was restored between 1980 and 1990.

Arrested numerous times, Curzio had Casa Malaparte created in Capri where he lived under house arrest. After the Second World War, he became a film maker and moved closer to both Togliatti’s Italian Communist Party and the Catholic Church (once a staunch atheist), reputedly becoming members of both before his death.

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Curzio_Malaparte

Location: Punta Massullo, Capri, Italy, southern Europe

Italian Architect Practice Information

Former journalist, dramatist, short-story writer, novelist and diplomat based in Italy.

1898 – 1957

His original name was Kurt Erich Suckert but he changed it in 1926.

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