Following completion of my undergraduate studies, I was hired to design and supervise the construction of a house located in a picturesque mountain village called Kalavrita in Greece. I lead the architectural design and I worked in close collaboration with the structural engineer and developed a fully integrated solution.
In order to stay within the tight construction budget I decided to use local materials and local craftmanship and anlysed the economic impact of every architectural decision. This process showed me that creative ideas come out of some repetitive and often strenuous brainstorming sessions caused by these restraints.
The main architectural element in Kalavrita is the inclined roof designed to control the snow weight as well as to integrate the building within the natural terrain.
The two roofs are separated to create two different volumes, the private and the common one. This arrangement allows plenty of natural lighting into the spaces and enables a cross ventilation between the rooms. The two volumes are also moved horizontally in opposite directions maximizing the views around the site.
A concrete pergola forms the link between the two volumes. It provides the exterior conditions for daily habitation of the in between space.