XEROLITHIA

A. Kontodimas Architects-XEROLITHIA

Located in a peninsula on the southern coast of Tinos island, the waterfront property offers panoramic vistas of the Aegean Sea and nearby Cyclades. Incorporated into this rugged natural landscape, the house rests sheltered from the winds without compromising on views.

Stone-clad subterranean volumes arranged in a U shape accommodate interior areas, with kitchen and living space in the center and private bedrooms on both sides. A frame in light plaster protrudes from the stone facade connecting the interior with the outdoor spaces, serving as a kind of oversized aperture towards the view. On the same axis, a linear pool, framed between symmetrical stone volumes and wooden pergolas, overflows into the horizon blending with the blue of the sea and the sky.

The design incorporates natural materials and rough textures – masonry walls, stone paving and wooden elements throughout. Soft earthy tones in darker hues define the interior along with black wooden floors and steel details. This raw materiality, characterizing both structural elements and furnishings, grounds the architecture into the landscape generating a laid back atmosphere in sync with the rhythms of surrounding nature.

A smaller independent guesthouse located uphill in the same property shares a similar aesthetic. The complex of minimal stone-clad volumes and wooden pergolas nestles into the cycladic landscape enjoying views towards the sea, unobstructed by the subterranean house in the front. The interior combines whitewashed masonry walls and screed floors with exposed concrete ceilings and raw steel details. Natural light penerates the house through expansive openings and skylights accentuating the natural textures and emphasizing the contemporary ambience.

A. Kontodimas Architects-Xerolithia Summer House - A frame in light plaster protrudes from the stoneclad volumes of the house serving as a kind of oversized aperture towards the view- Kontodimas Architects
A. Kontodimas Architects-Xerolithia Summer House - The linear pool framed between symmetrical stone volumes and wooden pergolas overflows into the horizon blending with the blue of the Agean Sea and the sky - Kontodimas Architects
A. Kontodimas Architects-Xerolithia Summer House - Glass frames disappear into the wall eliminating boundaries between interior and exterior space - Kontodimas Architects
A. Kontodimas Architects-Xerolithia Summer House - The interior living room enjoys a peftectly framed view towards the pool and the Aegean sea - Kontodimas Architects
A. Kontodimas Architects-Xerolithia Summer House - Interior view of living room in dark earthy tones and natural materiality, focusing on minimal fireplace framed by black steel built-in bookcases - Kontodimas Architects
A. Kontodimas Architects-Xerolithia Summer House - Warm afternoon light penetrates the house through the west facing bedroom - Kontodimas Architects
A. Kontodimas Architects-Xerolithia Summer House - Kitchen area in dark tones and natural materials enjoys dramatic light through central skylight - Kontodimas Architects
A. Kontodimas Architects-Xerolithia Summer House - Guest bedroom in soft earthy tones and natural materials- Kontodimas Architects
A. Kontodimas Architects-Xerolithia Summer House - Bedroom in natural tones enjoys framed view towards a small mediterranean garden - Kontodimas Architects
A. Kontodimas Architects-Xerolithia Summer House - Guest bathroom featuring dark wooden floor, cement screed walls and sculptural sink in local green marble - Kontodimas Architects
A. Kontodimas Architects-Xerolithia Summer House - Interior shot of bathroom featuring raw surfaces and dramatic light through a linear skylight - Kontodimas Architects
A. Kontodimas Architects-Xerolithia Summer House - The soft sunset light creates atmospheric view of dining area by the pool - Kontodimas Architects
A. Kontodimas Architects-Xerolithia Summer House - Guesthouse consisting of minimal stoneclad volumes and wooden pergolas nests into the cycladic landscape - Kontodimas Architects
A. Kontodimas Architects-Xerolithia Summer House - Guestroom interior featuring raw materiality, combining whitewashed masonry walls and screed floor with exposed concrete ceiling, enjoys views of the sea and landscape through expansive glass frame - Kontodimas Architects
A. Kontodimas Architects-Xerolithia Summer House - Guesthouse kitchen area combines grey cabinetry and steel details with minimal white walls, sleek floor and exposed concrete ceiling - Kontodimas Architects
A. Kontodimas Architects-Xerolithia Summer House - Bathroom in raw materials, whitewashed stone walls, exposed concrete ceiling, raw steel vanity and rattan details - Kontodimas Architects
A. Kontodimas Architects-Xerolithia Summer House - Living room window frames the view towards the sea through a wooden pergola - Kontodimas Architects