We love a house designed first with its landscape in mind. This one, in the south of Greece, takes pains to both live with the landscape–and hide from it.
The single-family house was designed by Workshop Dionisis+Kirki, a collaboration between Greek architect Dionisis Sotovikis and French-born architect Kirki Mariolopoulou. The house is built into a hillside cut by a series of stairs. Climb the first set from the street to the ground floor, and you’ll find a fortress: an introverted concrete box only open to nature when the residents choose. Climb the next set and find an open, airy living space with sweeping views of the world around it. Climb the last set, and arrive in heaven: an all-glass swimming pool that hides from nothing.
Photographs by Vangelis Paterakis, except where noted.
Above: The structure is divided into two volumes with two distinct identities: the extroverted top floor is open to the landscape, while the ground floor is private, open to the outdoors only when residents choose.
Above: The top floor of the house–the extroverted portion–has an artistic presence at nightfall with a wall of stained glass windows.
Above: The top floor’s rooms, including the living room shown here, feature full-height glass walls to maximize views of the landscape. To the left of the house, perched on the hillside, is a swimming pool.
Above: The entrance from the street is dramatic: a staircase suspended between two high concrete walls leads to the ground level of the house. (An alternate entry from the street, albeit a much longer one, leads directly to the top floor.)
Above: Photograph by Erieta Attali. The view of the Greek countryside from behind the staircase.
For more of our favorite Greek spaces, see Landscape Architect Visit: Thomas Doxiadis on Antiparos; Steal This Look: Greek Bamboo Canopy, and on Remodelista, A Greek Taverna on the Beach, Breeze Included.