Hill House / PAAN Architects

  • 20 Oct 2012
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© Yiannis Hadjiaslanis

Architects: PAAN Architects
Location: Athens,
Architects: Maria Papafigou, Johan Αnnerhed
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Yiannis Hadjiaslanis

Project Area: 785.78 sqm
Collaborators: Elina Stilianidi, Anna Laskari, Alexandra Kizskielis
Structural Engineering: Christos Kaklamanis

The plot is situated in the suburb of Dionisos on the foot of the Pendeli Mountain. A beautiful pine forest and a fine carpet of Mediterranean shrubbery colour the site.

© Yiannis Hadjiaslanis

Our aim was to create a house that reflects the character of the lot, while maintaining the outmost respect for the natural surroundings. The house mimics the landscape and tries to camouflage itself becoming the extrusion of the natural clearing between the different clusters of trees.

By considering the building as a solid mass and incorporating the roof in to the walls we minimize the archetype of the object-house. The monolithic and earthy character is emphasized by the use of rough brick as the sole material to clad the exterior surfaces. The inclinations of the roof result from the solar studies in order to achieve maximum shading in the summer and sun exposure in the winter.

© Yiannis Hadjiaslanis

Parts of the volume are subtracted creating voids that define in between spaces, blur the limits and create new relations. In vs. out, enclosed vs. open, intimate vs. public vs. private, high vs. low, light vs. dark.

© Yiannis Hadjiaslanis

In the big fire of 2008 the site was completely burned and today the owners are striving to recreate the natural environment.

Ground Floor Plan
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