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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
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.

Rocksplit House in Cyclades, Greece by Cometa Architects

 
September 4th, 2017 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Cometa Architects

The steep ground and the plot’s narrow dimensions determine the pronounced and gradient form of the building which rises from the mountain and over the valley of Poisses, to finally balance itself with the surrounding traditional dwellings and the natural context.

Image Courtesy © Dimitris Kleanthis

  • Architects: Cometa Architects
  • Project: Rocksplit House
  • Location: Cyclades, Greece
  • Photography: Dimitris Kleanthis
  • Client: Private
  • Team: Faidra Matziaraki & Victor Gonzalez Marti Betty Tsaousi, Olga Balaoura, Laura Mascuñan, Denisse Gómez Casco
  • Partner Architect: Betty Tsaousi
  • Structural Engineer Nikos Zoulamopoulos
  • Meachanical engineer: Eustratios Komis
  • Construction realisation:  Zoulamopoulos Construction Company
  • Structural Design: Vasilios Vakis
  • Supervision: Faidra Matziaraki

Image Courtesy © Dimitris Kleanthis

  • Interior design Φαίδρα Ματζιαράκη & Victor Gonzalez Marti
  • Sustainable design  Eustratios Komis
  • 3D Visuals:  Cometa Architects
  • Cost: 450.000 euro
  • Site surface 10530.00 2m²
  • Built surface 115m²
  • Project works 2014-15
  • Construction works 11/2015- 7/2016

Image Courtesy © Dimitris Kleanthis

Image Courtesy © Dimitris Kleanthis

The secondary home of a family of four, spreads through 3 volumes which clearly can defined as the seating & kitchen volume, the circulation  tower and the sleeping & storaging volume.  The principal material chosen is the local stone, carefully crafted against the horizontal micro-cement surfaces.

Image Courtesy © Dimitris Kleanthis

Image Courtesy © Dimitris Kleanthis

The experience of the Cycladic landscape is the design’s main concern expressed through the spatial evolution and relationship of the building with the dramatic land.  This is achieved through the traditional method of construction  called “kotounto”, a dry, humid-free space between the rock and the building. In such a way, the external spaces, a continuous perimetrical ‘kotoundo’  makes the building sometimes trying to break away from the rock and sometimes to reconcile with it.

Image Courtesy © Dimitris Kleanthis

Image Courtesy © Dimitris Kleanthis

Apart from this traditional tecnique  of which is principlally used to drain the waters coming from the mountains, leaving walls and foundations dry, the house includes in its design an under-floor heating installation  which is generated by the solar heaters installed in the roof. The cooling is achieved from cross ventilation and also an additional under-floor cooling is provided.  Finally, the rainwater is collected in the 3 rooftops and stored in an underground reservoir.

Image Courtesy © Dimitris Kleanthis

Image Courtesy © Dimitris Kleanthis

Image Courtesy © Dimitris Kleanthis

Image Courtesy © Dimitris Kleanthis

Image Courtesy © Dimitris Kleanthis

Image Courtesy © Dimitris Kleanthis

Image Courtesy © Dimitris Kleanthis

Image Courtesy © Dimitris Kleanthis

Image Courtesy © Dimitris Kleanthis

Image Courtesy © Dimitris Kleanthis

Image Courtesy © Dimitris Kleanthis

Image Courtesy © Cometa Architects

Image Courtesy © Cometa Architects

Image Courtesy © Cometa Architects

Image Courtesy © Cometa Architects

Image Courtesy © Cometa Architects

Image Courtesy © Cometa Architects

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