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Panagiotis Papassotiriou   Ba(hons).Dip.Arch.ARB RIBA

Villa Melana - Tiros, Greece

This project was completed in collaboration with fellow architect Valia Foufa

 

It all started as a simple snapshot; At a very steep site with clear view towards the sea a holiday retreat protects its inhabitants from the sun and the strong winds while soothing the senses under the moonlight.

We have placed the building at the only available naturally formed plateau in order to avoid unnecessary groundworks that could spoil the relief. 

Simple elements to deal with a difficult and very unstable and steep terrain. The endless sea view and the enormity of the open horizon is overwhelming and therefore no great attempt is needed to frame the views.

White render reflects the sun, the stone cladding offers its thermal mass connecting the building with the surroundings and together protect the inhabitants from the weather conditions.

 

Photos by Erieta Attali & Pygmalion Karatzas