Summer House in Greece | Cometa Architects

Cometa Architects has designed a summerhouse in Kea Island, Greece. This house developed for the Mediterranean climate, using local materials and sustainable energy saving methods.


Description by Cometa Architects:

The steep ground and the plot’s narrow dimensions along with the very strict building regulations determine the pronounced and gradient form of the building which rises from the mountain and over the valley of Poisses, to finally balance itself with the surrounding traditional dwellings and the natural context. The island of Kea is characterised by its rocky dry hillsides creating poetic sculptural formations, amplified under the mediterranean sun. This wild raw nature, is what this building tries to preserve along with the use of the traditional manners of building, which have survived through the centuries, but lately neglected. Drylayring stonework locally quarred, low rise building which blend with the context, small openings which control the heat, and rain water collection are some of the methods that local ´architecture without architects´ dwelling culture has been using.

The principal material chosen is the local stone, carefully crafted against the horizontal microcement surfaces. Eager to apply the fundamentals of sustainable construction, the largest sum of the stone used, was from this same stone quarred from excavating the site itself in order to lay the foundations. Additional stone for finishings was brought from the local Stone quarry. Local stonworkers used the traditional method of dry stonework, breaking and shaping the stones according to the form and needs.

This secondary home of a family of four, spreads through 3 correlated volumes, which clearly can be defined as the seating & kitchen volume, the circulation tower and the sleeping & storaging volume. Around these volumes, the perimetrical terraces are unfolding, some under the surface of the hill, some at the same level and some projected over it. This experience of this Cycladic landscape is the design’s main concern expressed through this spatial evolution and relationship of the building with the dramatic land. This is achieved through the traditional method of construction called “kotounto”, a dry, humid-free space between the rock and the building. In such a way, these external spaces, makes the building sometimes trying to break away from the rock and sometimes to reconcile with it.

Apart from this traditional tecnique of the humid free gap between the rock and the building, which is principlally used to drain the waters coming from the mountains, leaving walls and foundations dry, the house includes in its design an under-floor heating installation which circualtes hot water, generated by the solar heaters installed in the roof. The cooling is achieved from cross ventilation, a typical traditional method of local construction having many small openings diagonally placed from each other and also an additional under-floor cooling is provided. The pérgola is shading the big openings from the morning sun leaving the sunset colors slip in and paint the white interior ´canvas´ deep yellow and red. Finally, the rainwater is collected in the 3 rooftops and stored in an underground reservoir.

Another take on the traditional and sustainable island architecture are the simple minimal furnishings, many of which are built into the whitewashed interior. The sofas doubling for storage space, the wraparound counter space in the kitchen; the beds even the benches and wood-topped table of the veranda outdoor’s aim to provide a modest but comfortable living. Materials, such as the natural rope, floor-to-ceiling, “banister”, the wooden kitchen, the pale grey painted wooden window frames and shutters which are contributing in the control of the heat and the ease of the breeze are elements that honor the local tradition but perfectly serve the modern needs.

– HONORABLE MENTION IN DOMES ARCHITECTURE AWARDS IN CATEGORY BEST NEW BUILT, GREECE, 2017

– SILVER AWARD IN A`DESIGN AWARDS, FOR ARCHITECTURE, BUILDING AND STRUCTURE DESIGN CATEGORY, ITALY 2017


Design Office: Cometa Architects

Partner Architect in stage A: Betty Tsaousi
Team: Faidra Matziaraki & Victor Gonzalez Marti
Betty Tsaousi, Olga Balaoura (stage a)
Laura Mascuñan, Denisse Gómez Casco (stage b)

Location: Kea Island, Greece

Structural Engineer: Nikos Zoulamopoulos

Interior design: Faidra Matziaraki & Victor Gonzalez Marti

Site surface: 10530.00 m²

Built surface: 115.00 m²

Photographs: Dimitris Kleanthis


 

Melanopetra Boutique Hotel | AD Architects

Melanopetra is an atmospheric two apartment boutique hotel built-up around 1850 and totally restored by AD Architects  in 2015 under due diligence with respect to the Nisyrian architecture.

Description by AD Architects:

Melanopetra is uniquely situated in the core of the preserved traditional village Emporios in Nisyros, at an altitude of about 400 meters above the caldera. It is an atmospheric two apartment boutique hotel built-up around 1850 and totally restored in 2015 under due diligence with respect to the Nisyrian architecture. The high-quality restoration preserves and reveals all the traditional elements using only eco-friendly primary materials, especially the local black volcanic stone that gives the house its special character and name.

The architectural intervention attempts to integrate modern minimalist design into the ageless aesthetic of traditional form. The simplicity of the design, structural transparency and the purity of forms and volumes, in harmony with the particular local idiom, are used to highlight the plasticity of the small spaces. The interior spaces combine textured white-washed walls of visible limed stone masonry, screed surfaces and wooden beams to create an oncoplastic set of white and earthy colors harmony displayed by smooth natural and artificial lighting. The uncluttered white minimalistic interiors are highlighted by laid-out levels with built-in furniture and modern equipment.

Visible stonework of black volcanic rock with filled joints dominates the exterior of the house, visually unifying it with the landscape. The outdoor spaces comprise of coated built-in levels, steps, and stone sofas, all integrated in rock formations, bringing a sculptural quality to the natural geometry. The raw structural simplicity and the consistency of materials and engravings on all levels aim to a smooth transition from the exterior to the interior and from the natural to constructed item.

It is about a discreet architectural gesture resulting from a respect towards structural authenticity and the use of ageless materials, and giving prominence to traditional elements through simple means of expression.

The restoration project was implemented through European co-financing as a contribution to the sustainable development of the island.

Melanopetra is the first and only boutique hotel in Nisyros offering a luxury as well as authentic accommodation and is known all over the island for its striking design and concept.


Design Office: AD Architects

Location: Emporios, Nisyros, Greece

Photographs: Yannis Kontos


 

Summer House II | Sinas Architects

The single family residence, Summer House II, is situated in Serifos, Greece.

It was designed by Sinas Architects.

 


Design Office: Sinas Architects

Interior Design: Dimitrios Karadavanis

Location: Serifos, Greece

Photographs: Nikos Stefanis


 

Anemolia Villa | mplusm

“Villa Anemolia”, a traditional renovated building, is located in the centre of the island Santorini, Greece.

It was designed by mplusm.

Description by mplusm:

“Santorini” an situated on a breathtaking rock cliff, which welcomes you leaving you with the thought about the myth that this is part of the lost island of Atlantis and now reality. The island of lava, sunsets, Aegean architecture and the extraordinary natural beauty of the volcano, deep-blue sea beaches and traditional community. ‘’Villa Anemolia’’ is located in the centre of the island in the midst of the traditional community of Megalochori which to this date still maintains their tradition without being influenced by modern times. When arriving to Megalochori you will see the narrow streets, marble churches with the traditional architectural bells, traditional housing and the residence of captains , their endless vineyards which change your mood and take you to another period and time. ‘’Villa Anemolia’’ keeps the traditional setting of the 1900’s, which was renovated in 2013 by architects MPLUSM and civil engineer Tziotis Georgios and combining traditional Thira architecture to a minimal, refining what is still actually there, smart looking yet luxurious. It awaits your visit offering you an ideal accommodation in a traditional home, with special moments of rest, peace, serenity and of course lets not forget luxury. ’Villa Anemolia’’ is a traditional renovated building of 120 square metres which can accommodate 2-6 guests with minimum three-night stay. The villa has two independent bedrooms each with its own private bathroom. The premises is so spacious that two more guests can be accommodated on the sofabeds in the living room which is also very roomy. The kitchen has all its appliances for your conveniences, also a fully furnished garden. We have a heated Jacuzzi, roof garden for private relaxation with a view of the community.


Design Office: mplusm

Location: Santorini, Greece