Bright white summer house

This bright white summer house on the Santorini coastline comprises a series of staggered blocks, designed by Kapsimalis Architects to reflect the traditional housing on the Greek island (+ slideshow).

Each room of the residence is contained within a white-rendered block and stacked irregularly to give the house an asymmetric form.This arrangement gives sea views to the northeast, to the village of Pirgos to the south, and to a small southeast-facing garden where the residents grow their own vegetables.

The form is a synthesis of cubistic white volumes, as a contemporary translation of the traditional cubistic architecture found in the villages of Santorini with a clear influence from Modernism.Their arrangement and their shapes give variety in the perception of space, shape various sitting and studying corners, enhance the fluidity of space horizontally and vertically, and contribute to better natural lighting through patios and skylights.Blocks containing the living room, dining area and kitchen are arranged around a patio containing a palm tree and outdoor seating, while two guest suites are secluded to the rear.

A combination of cement and grey marble add subtle variation to the tone and texture of the flooring, while accents of colour come from pastel pink and yellow textiles, and metallic furniture. Glass doors open onto shaded patios and terraces set between the blocks, offering extensions to the indoor living spaces.A distinctive aspect of the common space are the multiple points of view – cross views, straight line and diagonal views – that emerge as a result of the position of each block. The synthesis of the building volumes, the formation of its facades in relation to the orientation and the greenery planting have positive impact to the development of a favorable microclimate of natural shading and cooling during the summer months.

Bright white summer house  

Kapsimalis Architects 

Location Santorini Greece

Project Year  2016

Photographs  © Julia Klimi 


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