This two - storey residence makes its appearance on one of the few vacant sites in the Ano Poli [Upper City] of Patras. It respects and is harmonised with special architectural characteristics of the area, where the small size of the sites and the incline of the terrain have resulted in the single or two-storey buildings of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century being simpler and more vernacular in style than the neo-Classical edifices of the Lower City.
The mass of the new house takes shape at the same height as that of the neighbouring buildings and is recessed by two metres from the urban front, in order to create a ‘stage’ on which typical features of the neo-Classical buildings are projected in a contemporary fashion.
The re-interpretation of the main features of the old buildings as resulted in the apertures now serving as ‘frames’ which turn the interior into a semi-exterior space.
The frame of the entrance is multiplied, thus producing, together with the stairs, a dynamic reception area with indirect references to neo-Classical models.
The disproportionately large depth of the plot gives rise to the conditions for the creation of an inner courtyard to admit sunlight and ventilation, thus reinforcing the relation between the interior and exterior.
The residence is laid out on three levels. All the public uses and the courtyard are located on the entrance level, functions of a private character are sited on the first-floor level, and the ancillary premises are in the basement.