Nestled among Andros’ wild mountains, fecund valleys and waterfalls, this complex consists of two detached houses covering in total 600m2 in a land of 9200m2. Residence A (with a total of 297.76m2) consists of a living-dining room, kitchen, bathroom, two bedrooms with a sea view, a subterranean master bedroom, and an independent guesthouse at a lower level. A stairway links organically “Residence A” to the existing natural stone cave. “Residence B” also consists of a living room/dining room, kitchen, bathroom, one bedroom with sea view and two subterranean en-suite bedrooms, accessible through an interior yard/atrium. This house also has an independent guesthouse on a lower level, while both houses have a basement and a swimming pool.
Modern and rigorous, the design bears clear lines and is organically linked to the natural landscape of Andros. The commitment to fully integrate with the surrounding area, as well as the need to maximize the utilization of the lot's seamless view due to the land's morphology and position, lead the design team to the creation of open spaces with large openings without columns or walls. The roof of the dwelling is made of two flat concrete slabs, also used as shelters for sun protection, which are treated as green – roofs of local and Mediterranean vegetation in order to assist further in the integration of the new building with its environment. As a result, the properties offer high-end aesthetic, privacy and breathtaking vistas of the endless blue.
The underground abode features smart examples of energy-efficient architecture like geothermal heating and passive design that keep the interior comfortable while minimizing the need for heating or cooling in the winter and summer months. The Green roofs are also part of this climate-proof construction fitted in the beauty of the Cycladic natural environment.
Architecture: Praxitelis Kondylis
Design team: Iro Papadopoulou, Stefanos Nasopoulos
Plan area: 9.135m²
Building area: Α residence 297,14μ²
Β residence 309,88μ²
Spot: Andros, Greece
Year of design: 2015