House in Syros
The 400 sq meter house is situated in the Cycladic island of Syros, in a property of 4000 sq meters at the edge of a traditional settlement with a stunning view of the Aegean Sea. The building is a cross breed between between contemporary architecture and traditional Greek typology. Regional vernacular elements, such as the relationship of the building to the landscape, the stone masonry walls, the sculptural qualities of light, are re-cast in modern terms. The geometry of the building follows that of the landscape, mimicking the stone ladder like retaining walls so typical of the Greek islands. The building is hard to spot from afar despite its enormous volume. It is constructed from stone found on site which makes the building further blend in with its surroundings. Even though this is a 3 story house each volume is on the ground thus giving it direct access to the outdoors. The house resembles a walnut. The outside is tough and austere and the inside in intricate and soft. The transition is gradual through the circulation spaces. The house is sustainable. The 60cm stone walls, the planted roofs and the proper insulation keep the house cool in the summer and warm in the winter. The placement of windows on adjacent walls creates natural ventilation and the rainwater is gathered on a cistern for the daily uses of the house.