REFUGE WITH A VIEW

A. Kontodimas Architects-REFUGE WITH A VIEW

Nestled in the rocks of a steep slope on the western side of Tinos, the house overlooks the island capital on its one side and two peaceful coves on the other, with the Cycladic islands visible in the background. Its main feature is the use of natural materials, blending into the terrain.

The house was designed as the summer refuge for a family of five, from France. The position of the long and narrow property at the top of the cliff designated the development of the main house in a confined area, at the edge of the site.

The main idea was to create a cross-ventilated hallway cutting through the volumes, distributing circulation from the south entrance through the lounge and dining area to the open kitchen in the north end. Consequently, the master bedroom on its one side and the rest of the bedrooms on the other enjoy the required privacy. The cobbled hallway, sheltered under wooden trusses on the roof, quickly reveals the sweeping views from the entrance through the opposite end of the house and provides easy access to the stairs leading to the lower level, to the guest room and the facilities.

Metal frames are chosen for those specific hallway openings, enhancing the transparent feel of the space, framing the view from every direction. Southwestern orientation created the need for shaded areas in the front of the house. The pool area, adjacent to the outdoor lounge and dining table pergola, enjoys the surrounding views.

Publications

EK "Maison de Campagne" 2020
A. Kontodimas Architects-Refuge with a view-Summer house nestled into the rocky cycladic landscape-Kontodimas Architects
A. Kontodimas Architects-Refuge with a view-Summer house veranda on the cliff featuring traditional plaster columns and natural timber pergola-Kontodimas Architects
A. Kontodimas Architects-Refuge with a view-Summer villa facade detail combining masonry and whitewashed walls with wooden pergola-Kontodimas Architects
A. Kontodimas Architects-Refuge with a view-Summer villa nested on the rocky cliff in an Aegean island-Kontodimas Architects
A. Kontodimas Architects-Refuge with a view-Whitewashed wall with traditional plaster detail-Kontodimas Architects
A. Kontodimas Architects-Refuge with a view-Cobbled path leading to summer house entrance. Whitewashed wall plastered with local traditional technique-Kontodimas Architects
A. Kontodimas Architects-Refuge with a view-A cobbled hallway, sheltered under wooden trusses on the roof, reveals the sweeping views from the entrance through the opposite end of the house-Kontodimas Architects
A. Kontodimas Architects-Refuge with a view-Traditional arch in whitewashed hallway reveals cobbled main corridor of summer house-Kontodimas Architects
A. Kontodimas Architects-Refuge with a view-Summer house living room featuring sleek screed flooring, whitewashed walls and rough timber beams on ceiling enjoys panoramic views of the sea-Kontodimas Architects
A. Kontodimas Architects-Refuge with a view-Summer house dining area in whitewashed interior with natural materiality-Kontodimas Architects
A. Kontodimas Architects-Refuge with a view-A glimpse into the kitchen of a summer house in a greek island next to the cobbled pathway that stretches to the end of the house revealing the view-Kontodimas Architects
A. Kontodimas Architects-Refuge with a view-Main bathroom in vacation house combining zellige tiles and wrought iron details-Kontodimas Architects
A. Kontodimas Architects-Refuge with a view-A vacation home on a greek island overlooks the cycladic landscape and the Aegean Sea-Kontodimas Architects
A. Kontodimas Architects-Refuge with a view-A composition of elements in natural materials accentuated by the play of sunlight-Kontodimas Architects
A. Kontodimas Architects-Refuge with a view-Shadow play on the veranda of a cycladic summer resdidence overlooking the deep blue sea-Kontodimas Architects
A. Kontodimas Architects-Refuge with a view-A summer house nested in the cycladic landscape enjoys the sun and sea breeze in Tinos island-Kontodimas Architects