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House In Ekali / ArTA

  • Architects: Architect Thanos Athanasopoulos
  • Location: Ekali, Greece
  • Architects: Architect Thanos Athanasopoulos
  • Structural Engineers: Michael Athanasopoulos, A. Karagiorgos
  • Lighting Consultant: Dimitra Kamba
  • Type Of Project: Single family house
  • Client: Tania Kostala, Manolis Fthenakis
  • Area: 370.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: H. Louizidis

© H. Louizidis © H. Louizidis © H. Louizidis © H. Louizidis

From the architect. This single-family house is located in Ekali, a suburban area of Athens. The property is surrounded by high pine trees that shade the lot, which let to the decision to create a continuous openable glass envelope around the south and east sides of the ground floor. The sliding glass walls allow daylight to enter into the deep plan while defining a large open living area, transparent towards the fenced garden. The scheme shapes the main open area on the south-east corner of the site, where the pool is placed attached to the building.

© H. Louizidis
© H. Louizidis

Bedrooms are located on the upper floor, and towards south they hover above the living area as autonomous private units. They are carefully placed to create a generous semi-open space as well as double-height areas at ground level.

© H. Louizidis
© H. Louizidis

The main building volume is covered by a pitched double-curved roof which is clad with conventional ceramic roof tiles. The roof-tile cladding cascades down the surface of the north wall, creating a rainscreen that contributes to the environmental performance of the house and conceptually to the visual impression of a seamless protective blanket.

© H. Louizidis
© H. Louizidis

This element, which provides coherence to the whole scheme reinterpreting the traditional ceramic-tile roof, is part of an attempt to shape an appropriate architectural identity –material and spatial- in a suburban context where traditional imagery and contemporary desires are fused and confused. Our strategy also involved the selection of completely conventional materials and construction methods: white plaster, marble, stone veneer, wood. A typical palette of anonymous greek suburbia is therefore applied, in ways that are not conventional.

© H. Louizidis
© H. Louizidis
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