Summer in the Greek islands is all about being outside. The aim of the Plane House is to merge internal
and external space, maximising the benefits of both and minimising the impact on the surrounding
To avoid block volumes that split and dominate space, horizontal planes are inserted into the slope,
immediately providing levels for sunbathing, sleeping and eating, as well as vast, open area of shade.
They cool and shade the space beneath whilst allowing the flow of sunlight and maintaining the
stunning 270 degree view over the coastline. Space between the planes is defined by various flexible
panels and glazed screens. Designated cooking, eating and relaxation zones are offset from each other
to provide cosiness without sacrificing openness.
The pool is strategically placed to enjoy the view but also to create a cooling breeze over the terrace
and into the house as the north wind flows uphill and over its surface. Photovoltaic panels power the
pool mechanics and grey-water is recycled and used for irrigation, toilet flushing and fire extinguishing.
The landscape is respected and continues over the green roof plane, creeps up along the site
boundaries and penetrates vertically through the roof as existing trees stand in the space, undisturbed.
The powerful identity of the concrete planes creates a strong narrative on approaching the house from
the coastal road that winds below. From a distance the planes are distinctively separated but as you
draw nearer and approach the house from the side, the perspective alters closing the gap between
them. On arrival and on entering the space they part once more, opening to reveal the breathtaking
view and let the fresh air flow through.