The 160 m2 residence, is built in a 2 acrs site, taking social habits into consideration and translating them in a certain non-conventional manner.
Formerly, in the ground floor area, there was a manor house with a stable, shed, kitchen and residential unit consisting of a stone wall with two openings. Today, this wall is preserved and restored, becoming a main element of the design. The stone with which it was built is reused for the cladding of a second internal wall, which is prevalent in the house.
The parallelogram (7,00 x 17,00 m) shape of the house includes a small angular atrium (3,00 x 7,00 m) in the east corner. The ground floor, apart from the main space, hosts a guest room with a bathroom, which is separated from the rest of the house with a semi-outdoor space. In the upper floor, the bedroom overlooks to a luminous void, from which one can perceive easily the size of the house. From the room’s veranda, the view towards the sea is magnificent and characteristic of the house’s location.
In the ground floor, two big openings together with the fireplace separate the house from the atrium. When the inox framings of the windows open, the kitchen and the small but cosy living room become one with the rest of the space. All ground floor surfaces are covered with industrial floor finishings, which unify all spaces in an unadorned manner, in total harmony with the grey marble of Phaistos used in the kitchen and bathroom area.
In the north side of the building an intense projection of the roof is evident. Its exposed metal elements are painted in dark and light shades of grey, offering a solid but at the same time lightsome tone to the building and countering the heavy rib of the stone wall.
In the yard, a huge Australian ficus, aged over 100 years, and two old palm trees create a "utopian" sensation, in a theatrical scenery that adds to the calmness of the place. Beige paved plates from Akoumia, Rethymno form two paths in the yard, one leading to the entrance and the other reaching the larger and lowered part of the main garden, defined by carob, jasmine and woodbine.
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