VACATION HOUSE IN NEA ARTAKI, ISLAND OF EVIA, GREECE
Design and Supervision: Takis Exarchopoulos, Elena Exarchopoulou, Panos E. Gerakakis
Structural design: Konstantinos Pattas
Mechanical design: Emmanouil Kilimberis
Building site's area: 425m², Buildings' area: 212m² (excluding basement)
This 212m² vacation house has been built in a 425m² plot that overlooks the Gulf of Evia. The 2,5m difference in height between the eastern and the western side of the plot, as well as the orientation of spaces towards the sea constituted basic factors for the layout of the building’s functions. These functions revolve along a main axis of circulation. The building can be accessed from Evripidou St. via a small bridge, which connects the entrance gate to the northern façade. To save space the staircases have been positioned diagonally. They lead to the first floor and the basement, allow visual contact with the upper floor while at the same time leading visitors to the living room. The tall glazing in the corner of the eastern side contributes to the particular brightness of the entrance hall. In an attempt to integrate the kitchen and dining room into the plan, without losing the feeling of spaciousness, ensuring the presence of sufficient natural lighting and good visual contact with the exterior surroundings, the designers created a single, unified space, with distinct functional zones: a 5,40x0,90m island is used as a dining table and as part of the kitchen furniture and is the conjunctive element of this unified space. At this space’s end a veranda with a pergola acts as its natural outdoor continuity. Another bigger veranda in front of the living room is used as the main outdoor living space. It acts as a platform, in a level higher than the one of the garden’s and, being at a central point of the overall plan, becomes a natural boundary segregating the parking area from the swimming pool. This veranda is also protected by a pergola with electrically moving venetian blinds mounted on a metal structure. Relative colour shades were selected for the interior spaces, in an effort to make them appear as big as possible, avoiding visual segmentation of surfaces. For the exterior the materials chosen suit the character of a vacation house by the sea, including materials that can withstand corrosion, such as stainless or galvanized steel.