TENDER SIMPLICITY

Situated in coastal Argolis, near the resort town of Porto Cheli, the house is intended for summer vacations in a contemporary context.

A. Kontodimas Architects-TENDER SIMPLICITY

The plot rests near the waterfront with nice seaview towards the east, as well as secondary north & west views.

In order to maximize accommodation capacity without dominating the plot and close landscape, the house is split in two levels. The lower level, containing bedrooms & auxiliary spaces, undercuts the slope and largely remains invisible from the ground floor, thus minimizing the house volume.

On the ground floor, a horizontal rectangular plane covers the main volume that accommodates the shared living spaces and a guest suite. In order to afford privacy yet close proximity to the core of the house, the main suite is shaped as a cubic volume gripping the southwest edge of the main slab, with two of its corners extruded to form shaded verandas and incorporate large openings towards the sea view.

A linear pergola offers plenty of shaded outdoor space and along with the building volume forms an embrace that envelopes the outdoor life of the owners and their guests. The pool, running parallel to the house, and the wooden sun deck offer space to enjoy the sun, whilst the sunken firepit lounge is the perfect cosy spot for stargazing.

Throughout the project details are kept sleak & minimal with special attention given to materiality. Pergolas combine dark metal frames that create a strong outline, with natural and cosier materials; wooden beams and bamboo covering. The dining area also features a glass roof with wooden lattice panels that generate a play with light & shadows throughout the day and further blurs the boundaries between indoor & outdoor living.

Publications

EK "Maison De Campagne" 2021
A. Kontodimas Architects-Tender Simplicity - Modern contemporary summer residence in Greece front elevation - Kontodimas architects
A. Kontodimas Architects-Tender Simplicity - Pool deck and pergola - Kontodimas architects
A. Kontodimas Architects-Tender Simplicity - Lounge pergola with contemporary materials metal and wood - Kontodimas architects
A. Kontodimas Architects-Tender Simplicity - Contemporary summer villa entrance yard materiality - Kontodimas architects
A. Kontodimas Architects-Tender Simplicity - Modern mediterranean summer villa entrance threshold - Kontodimas architects

A stong stone wall, enfolding the house volume on the north and northwest sides, screens the house while approaching and guides to the main entrance. At the same time, the wall minimizes the effects of the northern winds while offering glimpses of the north views through a sequence of openings.
A. Kontodimas Architects-Tender Simplicity - Modern contemporary summer house in Greece - Kontodimas architects
A. Kontodimas Architects-Tender Simplicity - Contemporary dining room with glass roof and wooden latice panels - Kontodimas architects
A. Kontodimas Architects-Tender Simplicity - Fireplace detail- Kontodimas architects
Architectural elements, such as the double face fireplace, are employed to ouline the different uses and provide cosiness to the open concept interior.
A. Kontodimas Architects-Tender Simplicity - Contemporary kitchen in dark wood with landscape view - Kontodimas architects
A. Kontodimas Architects-Tender Simplicity - Interior view - Kontodimas architects
A. Kontodimas Architects-Tender Simplicity - Bathroom detail - Kontodimas architects