CASAPOLI is a private non-profit cultural institution. It was founded in 2005 together with a singular building by the sea. “Poli”, in its Greek etymology, doesn’t only refer to the political role of a public work, but also points to an essential category of plurality and multiplicity. This open, diverse and expandable meaning, such as the contemporary city, is one of the principles that guide the varied functions of the house; it is simultaneously a place for retreat and individual introspection in an extreme natural landscape and a place for gatherings, exhibitions and workshops for research and collective production of cultural projects. With a regular Residence program, the institution aims to stimulate the regional visual arts’ experimental production and the exchange of experiences of local artists with the general community as much as the specialized national and international scenes.


After almost ten years since beginning of its construction, the project consists of a new photographic survey of Poli house and its surroundings. This work, edited as a book, proposes a rigorous record of the relation between the house’s form and materiality and the vernacular constructions, and at the same time offers a look at the fragility and almost irreversible deterioration associated to the urban development of the area.

Jeroen Lok (1973) is a photographer. He studied Communication Science at the University of Amsterdam, Cinema at London Guildhall University and photography at Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. He lives and works in Amsterdam, Holland.