Design and Supervision: Takis Exarchopoulos, Elena Exarchopoulou, Panos E. Gerakakis
Structural design: Giannis Beis
Mechanical design: Giannis Sygounis
Building site's area: 5.150m², Buildings' area: 220m² (excluding basement) The residence is located in the village of Markopoulo in Eastern Attica. Although the expansion of the city of Athens towards this part of the surrounding suburbs can be considered as “natural”, the area has become even more attractive since the opening of the new Athens International Airport in 2002. Takis Exarchopoulos and his team of architects have gained experience in designing private residences over the last three decades. After examining the topography of the slopy site, they have chosen to place the building on its highest spot, to ensure an unhindered view towards the sea. In order to meet the clients´ desires for a modern house with traditional forms, the design process lead them to a contemporary interpretation of the archetype of a traditional house with a ridged roof. The terraces, connected via a concrete stairway, form the natural extension of the interior on both levels, while the interior itself is divided into two functional zones: the living/dining area on the upper and the private rooms on the ground floor. The large single-space hall on the upper floor for the living, cooking and dining measures 6,00x14,20m and is shelterded by a wooden roof. Windows on both sides allow the heat to draw off during the summer months. The entrance area operates as the internal vertical connection of the two floors. To indicate the contrast between the two functional zones, a stairway of light construction (wooden beams and stainless steel steps) leads upstairs, while dark coloured, solid landings lead downstairs. In addition to these elements, a thin red wall “escorts” the stairway and reflects natural or artificial light. Aiming at Integrating the building into its natural environment, the architects selected materials and colouring, which would give it a discrete character, avoiding to place another irritating “white mansion” in the area. The visible parts of the concrete structure, partly roughened, partly left naturally smooth, the use of light grey colouring on the plastered surfaces, the roof covering with bituminous granule-coated shingles are only “highlighted” by prepatinated copper sheets. All railings and chimneys were constructed out of stainles steel, in order to deal with the salty air coming from the nearby sea.