Design of a summer house for an extended family.
The house is located outside the coastal village of Nea Skioni in Halkidiki, in a plot facing the south-east and the nearby sea.
The brief asked for the incremental design of a holiday house for a family of 4, which could cover their current and future needs. The first stage calls for the construction of a 150m2 residence that consists of the communal spaces of the house along with 3 autonomous bedroom units. Both the interior and the exterior spaces of the house are inscribed within a square outline (17x17m) delimited by a wall that organises and protects the life inside. The circulation forms a cross in the center of the composition, connecting all the archetypal outdoor and semi-outdoor spaces that, in turn, are created by subtracting volumes from this austere solid. All three bedrooms are organised in a ‘tower’ structure that is projected in the northwest corner of the house, with an independent entrance to the first level providing autonomous access to the adult children of the family. The large pergola is conceived as a continuation of the pitched roof of the ‘tower’ and outlines a pleasant space of viewing and relaxation during the summer months.
The materials of the building were determined based on their low-cost and simple construction, low-energy consumption and sustainable behaviour. All exterior walls are covered with a coarse, coloured plaster, while all lighter partitions, frames and shading elements are made out of wood, metal and aluminium.