Exploring the Ruins of Rome’s Brutalist ‘Casa Sperimentale’

Photographer and urban explorer Oliver Astrologo recently captured an overlooked architectural masterpiece. In Fregene, on the coast just outside Rome, architect Giuseppe Perugini built his personal home ‘Casa Sperimentale’ (Experimental House). The residence combined an array of rotating structures, suspended prefab modules and kinetic elements in a masterful use of Brutalist concrete aesthetics.

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The home was built as a personal experiment in design, one that could be pursued and experienced at a 1:1 scale. Built in the late 1960s, the home has now laid empty since 1995 when Perugini died. Slowly the wooded lot has taken over the incredible structure.

With stylistic cues that harken back to other experiments like Moshe Safdie’s Habitat 67, this neglected piece of architecture seems ripe for restoration.

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The suspended building in profile.

The suspended building in profile.

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