Nonagriam Twins top view
Nonagriam Twins top view

Nonagriam Twins

Location: Andros, Cyclades, Greece
Typology: Residential
Status: Project
Year of design: 2015
Built Area: 607 m²
Plot Area: 9.135 m²
Client: Private
Visualization: Design Bot

Project Team

Architecture: Praxitelis Kondylis
Design Team: Iro Papadopoulou, Stefanos Nasopoulos

Awards & Distinctions

Popular Winner Award in the category “Unbuilt Private House”, Architizer A+ Awards 2020, New York

Distinction at the 9th Biennale of Greek Young Architects, Hellenic Institute of Architecture

Nestled within Andros’ wild mountains, fecund valleys and waterfalls, this site features two detached houses. Residence A 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 “Residence A” organically to the existing natural stone cave. Residence B  consists of a living-dining room, kitchen, bathroom, one bedroom with sea view and two subterranean en-suite bedrooms which are accessible through an interior yard/atrium. It also has an independent guesthouse on a lower level.  Both houses have a basement and a swimming pool.

Modern and rigorous, the design’s clean lines are linked to the natural landscape of Andros. Our design commitment was to fully integrate the buildings within the surrounding area, as well as to maximize the seamless views offered by the site’s position. With this in mind, we created open spaces with large openings without columns or walls. The sculptural roof is made of two flat concrete slabs which extend to the exterior for sun protection. The green roof also features local Mediterranean planting which enables it to integrate further into the landscape. The resulting design of the properties offers a notably high-end aesthetic, privacy and breathtaking views of the blue sea expanse.

The underground area features examples of energy-efficient architecture such as geothermal heating and a passive design that keeps the interior comfortable while minimizing the need for heating or cooling in the winter and summer months. The green roofs, also part of the environmentally conscious design, take their cues from the beauty of the Cycladic natural environment and maintain biodiversity.