KOUFONISI, CYCLADES, GREECE
2022, ON GOING
The project houses 6 small and a main residence in the settlement of Ano Koufonisi.
The particularities of the plot, its derivative angles and the access to it exclusively through its small northern façade, were decisive factors for the configuration of the design proposal. That is characterized by two gestures: on one hand, the creation of an open passageway on the ground level, allowing access on a north-south axis. On the other, the creation of cavities on the sides of the building’ s volume, maximizing the capacity of the individual apartments for natural lighting, ventilation, and interaction with the outdoor environment. The apartments are configured in such a manner so that their outdoor spaces either face the street or the backyard. Meanwhile, the passageway distributes the movement from the street to the entrances of the apartments, creating a semi-public space between the residences and the communal street. In general, the outdoor space is handled in an effort to merge the need for privacy with the traditional blending between the boundaries of private and public.
One clear demand from our clients was the equality of the separation of the built squaremeters, views etc, in order for their still young daughters to have an easier split-up in the future. Such social techniques and concerns are typical of our culture, ownership and have formed for generations our way of living. Therefore our ways of building.
The different volumes “move” back and forth playing with the shadows that the sun creates between them.
Different cores of privacy and publicity create a platform of outdoor /in-door living blending inside out and allowing the resident to relax inside the landscape.