ARCH. DESIGN : Lefteris K. and Charis M.
Structural Engineer: Lukas Segredakis
Status : Designed in 2010 and completed in 2011
Area : 160sq.m.
Location: Kato Archanes
This house designed in Kato Archanes, which is a small village near the main town of Archanes. Archanes is a designated “traditional settlement” with specific regulations set by the Archeology Board and The Planning Authorities.
For this project we had to merge the contemporary architectural approach that the family required, with the restrictions imposed. Fortunately in our case we only had to maintain a traditional view towards the west, and southwest (use of classic Roman roof tiles and openings no more than one meter wide). Thought the family asked for big openings. According to the regulations we couldn’t have any openings if we were placing the building adjacent to the borders. So all of these parameters lead us to the decision not to have any openings in certain sides and also place the building on these sides adjacent to its borders.
The ground floor designed to accommodate the main facilities of the house including a small protected courtyard that children can play (away from the street).
The basement has the parking space, a storage room and a playroom. The last floor has the master bedroom and the children rooms. The children rooms were placed at the taller volume of the building in order to create high ceilings and the possibility of a raised playful level (inspired by Dutch houses) accessible from each room.
The site before and a 3d proposal of the residence.
Conceptual proccess sketches and precedent picture, of the openings, in the nearby palace of Knossos.