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.
ISV | URBAN VILLA
During my internships at ISV I participated in numerous housing projects of different scales and I worked in closed collaboration with the head architect. This project is located in Athens and the building is designed to accommodate nine residents. I proposed multiple vertical circulation elements to allow the inhabitants to move around the house without compromising their privacy levels.
Clear and well linked geometries interlock to form the mass of the house. The white washed facade reflects the sun radiation while big openings promote air circulation through cross ventilation. The common areas of the living room and the kitchen have direct connection with the exterior elements of the pool, the pergola and the garden.
ISV | ATRIUM
In 2009 ISV was assigned to redesign all the interior spaces of an Apartment complex in London. The key element of the design, which also gave the building its name, was the element of the Atrium. I was part of the team responsible for the redesign of this important comon space of the buidling
The Atrium forms the entrance of the apartment complex. This space acts as a visual connector between the floors and provides natural lighting in the centre of the urban mass. The elevators are placed behind translucent glass exposing the shadow of the everyday vertical movement.