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Vresthena Residential Extension / Spyros Tzinieris Architects

Vresthena Residential Extension / Spyros Tzinieris Architects

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Vresthena, Greece
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© Pygmalion Karatzas
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Text description provided by the architects. At Vresthena village, Laconia, a settlement at mountain rage of Parnonas, 800 m. elevation, the building interventions of the 1960-1980 era- usually without any notable architectural characteristics- constitute the functional and morphological continuity of the older stone buildings. However, the modern interventions should be consistent with their integration in the new requirements, usages, and forms of the settlement, without mimetic sentiment which would reproduce characteristics that don’t give prominence to that particular location and its qualities.

© Pygmalion Karatzas
© Pygmalion Karatzas
Ground Floor Plan
Ground Floor Plan
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© Pygmalion Karatzas

Making the best of these quality characteristics of the existing building (stone structure) and those of the settlement (amphitheatric development, dense vegetation, etc), a steel extension with glass was formed, in order to accommodate the most extroverted activities (dining and lounging).

© Pygmalion Karatzas
© Pygmalion Karatzas
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© Pygmalion Karatzas

The steel structure clearly distinguishes the modern extension, takes a distance externally, but blends with the 1980’s elements (concrete beams and columns) in the interior. Its grid gradually lowers the height of the existing building, letting the glass offer the needed transparency towards the settlement and the surrounding landscape, forming a terrace, at the same time, for the upper floor. 

© Pygmalion Karatzas
© Pygmalion Karatzas

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Cite: "Vresthena Residential Extension / Spyros Tzinieris Architects" 26 Aug 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/945696/vresthena-residential-extension-spyros-tzinieris-architects> ISSN 0719-8884

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