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'Aloni' in Antiparos / Greece by decaARCHITECTURE

'Aloni' in Antiparos / Greece by decaARCHITECTURE

The Greek practice decaARCHITECTURE realised this residence in the beautiful countryside of the Cycladic Islands.

“The design of the house is a dual response to the particular topography of the site and to the rural domestication techniques that in the past shaped the raw ‘Cycladic island’ landscape.”

'Aloni' in Antiparos / Greece by decaARCHITECTURE

'Aloni' in Antiparos / Greece by decaARCHITECTURE

“In the past, dry-rubble stone walls domesticated the land for agricultural purposes and were the most prominent man-made interventions in the landscape. The walls retained earth and transformed a steep topography into a series of arable plateaus. Today, the Cycladic islands are being reshaped by a very different force: the demand for holiday homes. The design uses the precedent of earth-retaining stone walls to create an artificial landscape that is both rural and domestic in use.”

'Aloni' in Antiparos / Greece by decaARCHITECTURE

'Aloni' in Antiparos / Greece by decaARCHITECTURE

“The site is a natural saddle where two slopes meet. In the North-South axis the slope rises between two hills while in the East-West axis the slope drops, opening to the sea views. Two long stone walls bridge the hills allowing the house to nestle in the space within while maintaining the continuity of the landscape which flows over it. This simple strategy blurs the edges of the house and makes its mass imperceptible within the broader skyline of the island.”

'Aloni' in Antiparos / Greece by decaARCHITECTURE

'Aloni' in Antiparos / Greece by decaARCHITECTURE

Project Team: Alexandros Vaitsos, Carlos Loperena, Elena Zabeli, Kyle Gudsell, Katerina Chryssanthopoulou

Owner: Oliaros AE (Antiparos Design Projects)

Structural Engineers: KYMA / Manos Kyriazis

Mechanical Engineers: TEKEM / George Kavoulakos

Contractor: Kataskevastiki Topometriki Parou ABETE / Nikos Kaggelis

Landscape Designers: Doxiadis+ / Thomas Doxiadis

Project Area: 237 sqm

Project Year: 2008

Photographs: Erieta Attali, Ed Reeve, decaARCHITECTURE

more information at ArchDaily

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