Tower-house I / SOUTH

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  • Architects: SOUTH
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  200
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2012
  • Photographs
    Photographs:Erieta Attali
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers:  Sto, Alumil, Duravit, Ceramica Del Conca, Corian, George Tsairis
  • Structural Engineer: Kostas Iliopoulos
  • Construction Manager: George Tsairis
  • Architect In Charge: Chrysostomos Theodoropoulos, Eleni Livanis
  • Country: Greece
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Tower-house I / SOUTH - Image 5 of 15
© Erieta Attali

Text description provided by the architects. Tower-house I interprets the form of dwelling, widely found throughout the outer Mani, southern Greece; a combination of defense tower and farmhouse. This was articulated by a monolithic, stone structure with few openings, so as to protect dwellers from extensive heat as well as piracy. The surrounding landscape is characterized by dry stone retaining walls transforming a steep topography into a series of arable plateaus; these long walls were the most prominent man-made intervention in this harsh landscape for centuries.

Tower-house I / SOUTH - Image 8 of 15
© Erieta Attali

The new Tower-house I contemplates exactly this; a mass among existing preserved retaining walls and a few new concrete ones. There are no seams at the white, stucco facades, only the dark frames of the apertures. No elements project from the main volume, except a steel frame in front of the main view, accommodating temporary screens.

Tower-house I / SOUTH - Table, Windows, Beam
© Erieta Attali

The interior of the box, articulated by the double-height living room and the shallow dining room emphasizes the idea of Mani topography; infinite view of the sea at living area and close vicinity of the olive orchard at dining area and the kitchen. The interior embraces a protected and quiet-zone area at the second floor, the very core of the dwelling. 


The program also addresses a typical, Greek, cultural issue; the need for flexibility of space due to future family growth. Thus, the house is designed to potentially become a double-dwelling in the future.

Tower-house I / SOUTH - Bedroom
© Erieta Attali

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Cite: "Tower-house I / SOUTH" 03 May 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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