“Contemporary architecture observes and emphasizes the building’s effect on the environment, the presence of passive and active houses grew remarkably resulting in innovative engineering solutions.
However, there is an important aspect that should always be taken into consideration: houses are built for individuals, who have their own ideas and requirements. Prioritising their visions is an exemplary gesture.“ – Octogon Magazine
The house adapts to the plot’s light slope resulting in a half-storey vertical shifting, which enabled us to avoid uncomfortable and unnecessary earthwork. Our common goal with the client was to apply moderate materials, so the use of sustainable and natural materials were prioritized. We concluded in three dominant elements: limestone, wood and glass. These were distributed throughout the house according to their resistance and functionality. The stone covers the entire ground floor as a raised footing, which is necessary due to the higher level of exposure. The first storey is wrapped in wooden cladding. We paid exceptional attention to choosing the most adequate type of wood, which is heat treated ash. It requires a neglectable amount of maintenance on our climate but considered to be the most durable external wood cladding. The building consists of the stone block placed on ground level and the two carefully shaped wooden boxes that are parallel to the street. These massive boxes are softened with the window openings that break the monotony of the surface. Resulting from the layout’s order, the corridors are positioned between the wooden blocks. The outer appearance of the aisles excels on the facade as well. The enormous glass surfaces face north and south cutting into the building and illuminating the corridors. Consequently the corridor overgrows its original role and serves as an elegant attraction for the building’s whole. To enhance this effect we opened the ceiling above the aisle which resulted in a spacious gallery that completes the living room. This was also a functional decision that fits well into the family’s lifestyle. The gallery connects the first floor’s rooms with the living room – but it also separates them when privacy is required.