Xerolithi Residence by George Sinas

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Xerolithi

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Residence

INSPIRATION:
The main focus of the design was to create a house that blends in its natural environment. An environment comprised of steep dirt and gravel slopes, dressed with scattered wild thorny bushes, and beautiful large rock formations. Though the most important existing elements, were the short stone retaining walls, locally called xerolithies, created a long time ago for land cultivation purposes. These walls, usually not more than a meter in height formed flat stripes of land parallel to the slope and extended along the entire surface of the hillside. The site with its xerolithies was the spark of inspiration.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
When one thinks of the Greek Islands, stacked white boxes come to mind. The design challenged this morphological preconception, by imagining the main facades of the house as xerolithies, starting low and gradually developing a sufficient height. They move closer and away of the slope and independently from one another, forming spaces in between them. The traditional bamboo pergola with its wooden raw beams in their natural color can be seen throughout the length of the house, inside and outside. The beams follow the curvy morphology, like vertebrae of a long spinal cord.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
All spaces have been placed sequentially to spread out as long and thin as possible. The main house is separated by the bedrooms in order to create a space for the main covered veranda along the long spine of the house.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project was designed in 2015. The contraction started in 2016 and lasted until 2018. The house is situated in Kalo Ampeli, Serifos Island, Cyclades, Greece.

FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Architecture, Building and Structure Design

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
The outer shell of the structure is mainly stone. Exterior walls are 50cm thick. Concrete structural system.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
The ground floor area of the house is 180sqm. Additional 60sqm of basement area.

TAGS:
Architecture, Cycladic Architecture, Landscape Design, Integrated design, Summer House, Island Architecture, Greece, Aegean, Serifos, Planted Roof, Curves, Wavy Form, Stone

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
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CHALLENGE:
The hardest part of this design was taming the wavy morphology. Making it sensual yet keeping the layout of the house functional.

ADDED DATE:
2020-09-07 14:13:41

TEAM MEMBERS (3) :
Leader Architect: George Sinas (Sinas Architects), Team: Maria Mamoura and Interior Decoration: Olga Ktena

IMAGE CREDITS:
Photographer of all images: Yiorgos Kordakis
Drawings and Renderings and sketch: George Sinas

CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
Sinas Architects

PROFILE:
Sinas Architects is an Architectural Design studio based in Athens, Greece. Whether it’s with meditation music filling the air or Beethoven’s 5th (disco version), the team of talented and creative young professionals, with a collective experience that covers a wide variety of projects, joins forces to make it all possible. Present from design inception all through construction their method is to approach the scope of each project with unique innovative ways, experimentation, challenging preconceptions, while achieving high quality aesthetics and narrating beautiful architectural experiences.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Xerolithi Residence by George Sinas is a Nominee in Architecture, Building and Structure Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Xerolithi Residence by George Sinas is Winner in Architecture, Building and Structure Design Category, 2020 - 2021.



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