Sydney / Legends of Italian Architecture: Villa Malaparte, Capri

Thu, 25 May 2023 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM AEST
Istituto Italiano di Cultura Sydney
Level 4 125 York Street, Sydney, NSW Australia

Italian Architect Ivo Enrico Poluzzi will share his passion for architecture history in a series of appointments dedicated to inspirational Italian buildings. The first meeting will take us on a trip to Capri’s iconic Villa Malaparte, revealing the interesting history and unusual facts about the villa and its notorious owner.

This villa is one of the best examples of Italian rationalist architecture built for Curzio Malaparte, one of Italy’s most controversial writers and intellectuals. Attributed for a very long time to renowned architect Adalberto Libera, Villa Malaparte has, in recent years, changed authorship and is now more widely believed to be the work of Malaparte himself.

Seen from above, Villa Malaparte is a long brick-red rectangle perched on the stark cliff of the Massullo promontory in Capri. Difficult to reach and unfortunately closed to the public, Curzio Malaparte’s “home just like me”, as he liked to define it, is one of the most captivating and mysterious buildings on the island of Capri and an intriguing and contradictory work that directly reflects the nature of its intriguing and contradictory owner.

With its eclectic style and sharp angles, this house has long been the subject of debate… much like its owner was in life and after death: beloved by critics yet labeled a chameleon and opportunist by others, including Gramsci. The villa is striking for its minimal and linear style both inside and out, which seems almost monastic.

The unique beauty of Villa Malaparte also struck the director Jean-Luc Godard, who inside these walls filmed Contempt, his film based on the novel by Moravia, starring the young and beautiful Brigitte Bardot, in scenes in which she wanders through the rooms of the villa and sunbathes on the terrace overlooking the sea. This unusual and extraordinary harmony between nature and architecture has also created the perfect setting for luxury brands’ advertising, as seen in the recent Zegna, Saint Lauren and Louis Vuitton campaigns.

Ivo Enrico Poluzzi is an Italian Architect and Interior Designer with thirty years of experience in high-end residential and Yacht Design sectors, in particular for luxury interiors and fit-out. He earned his Master’s Degree in Architecture at the IUAV, the prestigious University Institute of Architecture in Venice, Italy.

His works have been published by major international magazines, such as AD -Architectural Digest, Ville & Casali, Boat International, Yacht Design and Barche. He currently works both in Italy and Australia.

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