Team: Louis Barault, Elisania Michalopoulou
Our latest residential project is located on a
sloping hillside, 200 meters from the west coastline of Andros Island. The
critical design factor in this case is to provide protection from the natural
elements and simultaneously establish the sense of place. A sheltered space is designed, providing the
panoramic view of the dramatic landscape and the spectacular sea and sky.
The primary design tool is the wall element,
which provides both physical and symbolic protection. The wall clearly
distinguishes the common use areas from the private ones. The living space of
the house is exposed and highlighted, while the private space remains
well-protected. The juxtaposition of the two living zones is evident, one solid
and enclosed and one open and penetrable. The spatial dynamic created allows
each part a degree of autonomy.
From the one side, the concrete wall clearly
distinguishes the common use areas from the private ones.
From the other side,
the supporting monolithic stone wall, directly anchors to the ground. Between
the two wall elements a spatial interaction emerges. The protective wall is
folded, crimped, torn and perforated. It becomes a membrane that protects,
while it serves the light and view pursuits. The shadows created by this form
produce a dramatic visual effect at the façade. The enclosed patios, allow the
direct contact with the ground, the light and the air, organizing the private
space of the bedrooms.
The outdoor living space realizes the intention
to create both solitary contemplation spaces and gathering areas. The jagged
shape of the water element unites the gaze and further highlights the endless
view. The interpretation of the vernacular architecture is evident at the
shading element, following a familiar triangular pattern, commonly used on the
façade of the local dovecots.