“The homogeneity of the landscape, a flat continuous expanse of plowed wheat, is interrupted by a linear cluster of rocks that creates an abrupt change of level in the centre of the plots. This cluster of high rocks, surrounded by dense vegetation, is used as the centrepiece of the design around which the residence is developed.
A linear element of water – a creek – circumscribes this rocky complex – bordering it along its entire length – and emphasising its rough geometry. Combined with the intense planting water creates a microclimate of coolness – an oasis – behind the dry field.
Orthogonal volumes are alternating position in front of the natural rocky formation, thus generating hybrid spaces, such as the main protected inner courtyard, from which the entrance to the residence is formed as well as areas for outdoor functions (dining, lounge, bbq etc).
The cluster of rocks, the building volumes and the courtyards are sheltered by a lightweight structure of wood and reed infill which creates shadow patterns that alternate with the movement of the sun from East to West. and aids the harmonic integration of the new construction into the landscape“. Iliana Kerestetzi
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