DRW
Commission
OINOI, ATTICA, GREECE

Farmhouse

Renovation of a rural house and design of a new residence for an extended family.
(ONGOING)

Right outside the village of Oinoi in the region of West Attica and in contact with the forest on the foot of the mountain Kithairon, is a plot of about 21 acres with an existing rural house built in the early 1980s. In recent years, the owners decided to move there permanently and engage with the beautiful productive landscape that surrounds it, with its vineyards, olive groves, flowers and vegetable garden. 

Overall the project includes a series of landscape interventions, the renovation of the existing house and the construction of a new, autonomous residence of approximately the same size (110m2). The first stage, a new masterplan organises the site based on the introduction of new crops, the circulation of agricultural machinery and infrastructure, a series of new warehouses and other auxiliary spaces, resting areas and, of course, the location of the new residence. The plot was divided into four distinct zones, each of a distinct character. The north peak of the plot is left untouched, restoring the natural slopes and tending to the pine trees of the adjacent forest to grow naturally. The domestic zone includes the two houses and occupies the area south of the pine trees, while on its other edge the masterplan introduces an ‘urban garden,’ a ‘domestic garden,’ an interplay of flowerbeds, water features, and vegetable gardens. Finally, the productive landscape dominates the largest, south part of the plot with the gridded olive groves, the vineyards and agricultural infrastructure.

The design of the new house emerged after a study of farmhouses, silos and other industrial and agricultural typologies in Greece and abroad. An equilateral L-shape covered by a pitched roof opens towards the south. Two exterior stone walls, roughly plastered and painted in off-white, organise the outline of the building, while a series of sliding openings create zones of shading and privacy. All dimensions of both the basic structure and the openings are standardised to minimise the construction costs and achieve a structural and material clarity.

Team
Elisavet Hasa
Platon Issaias
Theodossis Issaias
Giannantonis Moutsatsos
Alexandra Vougia
Collaborators
Clinton Thedyardi Prawirodiharjo / Architect
Alkimos Papathanasiou / Civil Engineer (Consultant)
Categories
Architecture, Domesticity, Landscape

About

Fatura Collaborative – Research & Design Practice, was founded in 2009 and is developing projects across a wide range of scales, from intimate objects and performance, to architecture, urban design and planning. We are interested in architecture as social infrastructure, in developing collective equipments, in the design of spaces of care, empathy and welfare. We design and research expanding new problematics about ecology, the domestic, everyday life and the city.

Members

ELISAVET HASA
ARCHITECT

is an architect and researcher based in London. She studied architecture in Patras, Greece, and currently is a PhD candidate at the School of Architecture at the Royal College of Art in London. Her research focuses on the intersections between social movements and the state apparatus, and centers around the ad-hoc infrastructures created for welfare provision during periods of crisis. She has practiced architecture in the UK and worked in the housing, healthcare, and education sectors in collaboration with public authorities and established architectural practices. Prior to London, Elisavet gained experience as an architect in Athens and Madrid.

PLATON ISSAIAS
ARCHITECT

is an architect, researcher, and educator. He studied architecture in Thessaloniki, Greece, and holds an MSc from Columbia University and a PhD from TU Delft and The City as a Project research collective. He is the director of Projective Cities MPhil programme at the Architectural Association, where he is also teaching Diploma Unit 7 with Hamed Khosravi. Previously, he has taught at the Berlage Institute (Netherlands), in the MArch Urban Design programme at the Bartlett, the RCA, Syracuse University and the University of Cyprus. His research interests explore urban design and architecture in the relation to the politics of labour, economy, law and labour struggles. He has written and lectured extensively about Greek urbanisation and the politics of urban development.

THEODOSSIS ISSAIAS
ARCHITECT

is an architect and educator, and recently joined the Heinz Architectural Center at the Carnegie Museum of Art as Associate Curator. He earned his diploma of Architecture at the National Technical University of Athens and an SMarchS degree from MIT. Since 2009, he has been practicing as a founding member of Fatura Collaborative, an architecture and research collective. His PhD dissertation, “Architectures of the Humanitarian Front” (Yale University), explores the nexus of humanitarian organizations and architecture and their relation to conflict, displacement and the provision of shelter.

GIANNANTONIS MOUTSATSOS
ARCHITECT

is an architect based in Lund, Sweden. He graduated in 2010 from the School of Architecture of the National Technical University of Athens and holds an MSc in Energy Efficient and Environmental Building Design from the School of Architecture of Lund University (2015). He has practiced architecture as a freelance architect in Greece and currently in Sweden (eg. Tengbom architects), where he works on a wide range of projects including small houses, larger residential complexes as well as care, educational and industrial facilities.

ALEXANDRA VOUGIA
ARCHITECT

graduated in 2007 from the School of Architecture of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. She holds the MSc in Advanced Architectural Design from GSAPP, Columbia University (2008). In June 2016, she was awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy by the Architectural Association. Her thesis dealt with the transition towards abstraction in art and architecture during the end of 19th and early 20th centuries, with an emphasis on interwar architectural modernism in Germany. Alexandra has been teaching at the AA since 2012, where she is currently a studio master in the First Year Studio of the Experimental Programme and a Programme Coordinator and Course tutor in the MArch Architecture & Urbanism (DRL) programme. She has practiced as an architect in New York and Athens.