The residence is located in the village of Markopoulo in Eastern Attica (Greece) near the Mesogeia Equestrian Club. The property is accessible by 28is Oktovriou Street. There was a lot of building activity in the area at the time, which had become attractive since the opening of the new Athens International Airport in 2002, not very far away from the plot.
The topography of the site was quite slopy, so we had to place the building on its highest spot, to ensure an unhindered view towards the sea (the bay of Pórto Ráfti).
The upper floor includes a single space under a wooden ridged roof divided into functional zones: the living area and the dining area ( separated by a fireplace) and the kitchen. This single space measures 6,00x14,20m (19,68x46,59ft). The roof construction is visible from the interior and has openings for ventilation on each end.
The ground floor is the privacy area. Three bedrooms with their bathrooms and an office are located here.
A stairway of light construction (wooden beams and steps made out of stainless steel sheets) escorted by a thin red-coloured wall connects the two floors.
Two big terraces form the natural extension of the interior on both levels. They are also connected by a stairway – this one made out of concrete.
The terraces, the outdoor concrete stairway and a number of volume extensions of the interior (e.g. the protruding volume of the kitchen or the bathrooms) contribute to the plasticity of the house as a whole.
Trying to avoid to place another “white mansion” in the area, the architects applied discreet grey colourings to the outside walls, while many elements show a natural concrete surface, partly hammered, partly smooth.
The roof covering with bituminous granule-coated shingles is only highlighted by prepatinated copper sheets at its ends – just where its wooden parts need protection from humidity. All railings and chimneys were constructed out of stainless steel, the motor-driven blinds on the pergolas are made out of aluminium.
Pathways were defined in the free space around the house and a big number of trees was planted. Today they have grown higher than the building itself, integrating it even more to the environment. On the western part of the property a vineyard was planted.
The project was presented in the exhibitions "Residential Buildnigs in Greece – From the 20th to the 21st Century" (January to March 2009) and "Architectural Awards 2008" (April to June 2009 - presented as award nominee). Both exhibitions took place in the Benaki Museum in Athens and were organized by the Hellenic Institute of Arhitecture (EIA).
Architectural design and supervision of construction: Τakis Exarchopoulos Elena Exarchopoulou Panos E. Gerakakis
Structural engineering: Giannis Beis
Building services engineering: Ioannis Papazoglou
Building site's area: 5.150 m² (55.434ft²) Building's area:220 m² (2.368ft²) (excluding basement)