Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Villa Melana in Tyros, Greece by S2PiA Architects and 02 Architecture & Mech. Engineering
July 22nd, 2016 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: S2PiA architects
The short story
The project was awarded to us by a family leaving in Athens keen on a new country house in the Arcadian Landscape.
Design started mid-2012 and work on site was completed at the end of 2014.
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 heat and the strong winds while soothing the senses under the moonlight.
We have placed the building at the only available naturally formed plateau of the site 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 of the sea view and the enormity of the open horizon is overwhelming and therefore no great attempt is needed to frame the views.
The structure is defined by 3 volumes that are placed along the contour lines. The end product is a result of the division of a rectangular volume into 3 parts while staggering the middle part towards the east.This break is enhanced by the use of various materials and alteration of the design.
The main features of the central volume (where the day activities are hosted) are the cladding with local Arcadian stone – dry stone construction both internally and externally on concrete frame and brick infill -, pitched gabled roof with roofslates and the fireplace on the narrow end framing the view. The design has references to the local architecture (where the Tsakonian “Makrinaria” are met) incorporating changes to the form and size of the openings in order to achieve better results on the bioclimatic output and view. Floor to ceiling openings enhance the dual aspect feature without affecting the monolithic quality while the views cross on all sides. The staggering of the western wall from the outline of this volume creates a long and narrow circulation area under a flat parapet roof that connects all three volumes.
Two white blocks are set back on either side of the main volume (where the bedrooms and wc’s are hosted) acting as reference to the minimalism and sincerity of our attempted architectural language away from heavy decorative features and overstatements.
At the intersection of the three volumes two fair faced concrete beams act as “connectors” subtly underlining the junction of the 3 blocks.
Finally, 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. A configuration revealing the endless view to the horizon and was born out of consideration for the steep relief and the local traditional materials.
About Studio 2 Pi Architect’s
Panos studied Architecture at the UNL, Ba(Hons) and London Metropolitan University, Dip. Arch, where he completed RIBA III and ARB registration. He was an award winning student with build projects and publications.
Following 4 years working at PCKO and gaining a vast amount of experience in various aspects of the architectural practice Panos decided to establish S2PiA (Studio 2Pi Architecture) in Argos.
The practice is concerned with many aspects of the design disciplines. We undertake work that spans between various sectors such as architectural design, interior design, masterplaning, sustainable and bioclimatic applications.
We are driven by the constant and ever-changing architectural philosophies that provide our starting point. We aim to enhance the environment by incorporating specifically designed buildings that correspond to their surroundings socially as well as environmentally.
We believe that through constant discussion amongst the profession and the construction industry as a whole we could establish the necessary measures that could fulfil our role in the modern world. We have to answer questions that go beyond the realm of form and function, questions that will fundamentally affect the future of our planet and our species.
The architectural approach is based on clear principles that define the process:
The practice is collaborating with various UK architects creating dynamic relationships that exchange ideas and promote a constant architectural dialogue on issues both current and enduring. Issues that span between the synthesis of architectural components to the formality of modern architectural concepts. In this collaboration we seek to enhance our understanding of the architectural profession and development as well as the systematic production of information that exists in the continent.
About 02 Architecture & Mech. Engineering’s
The practice undertakes works in the fields of architectural design, building restoration, interior design and decoration from the planning phase throughout to completion, including tasks of budgetary control and project management. Also provides construction detail drawings which in collaboration with suppliers and craftsmen ensure the best final result.
We are no dogmatic to specific forms, we enjoy the process of transformation / translation clients’ desires into three dimensional space, while project unique relation to its specific location and the changes occur through time are reflected in our work.
Our design products come to life with the underline principal that architectural projects are made to stay in our environment throughout time disregarding “fashionable” but short leaved decorative moves.
Our aim is to design honest and beautiful buildings free from unnecessary ornamental elements.
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