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Xerolithi House / Sinas Architects

first_imgArchDaily Year:  Manufacturers: Dedon, Fantini, Maruni Wood Industry, Normann Copenhagen, Patiris, Valdama, Maruni, Myran Interior Design:Olga Ktena, George SinasCity:SerifosCountry:GreeceMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Yiorgos KordakisRecommended ProductsFiber Cements / CementsRieder GroupFacade Panels – concrete skinPaintLunawoodThermowood – Premium Surface FinishingDoorsSaliceSliding Door System – Slider S20DoorsC.R. LaurenceCRL-U.S. Aluminum Entice Series Entrance SystemText description provided by the architects. 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.Save this picture!© Yiorgos KordakisSave this picture!SectionSave this picture!© Yiorgos KordakisWhen one thinks of the Greek Islands and their vernacular architecture, scattered and stacked white boxes come to mind. The first step was to challenge this morphological preconception by imagining the main facades (front and back) of the house being formed as “xerolithies”. They start low and gradually develop a sufficient height for a house. They move gently closer and away of the slope and independently from one another, forming spaces in between them.Save this picture!© Yiorgos KordakisTo achieve this, all the functions of the house were placed sequentially making it long and narrow. The walls have a lightness that seems like they were affected by the strong Cycladic winds, like “ribbons in the air”. To complete the “xerolithia” likeness, the roof of the house was covered with dirt and vegetation imitating the natural landscape.  This made the house almost invisible, especially when seen from behind and afar.Save this picture!© Yiorgos KordakisAnother important feature of the Cycladic rural house is the wooden pergola, which consisted of thick, raw, smooth, wooden beams and columns with a bamboo cover, all in their natural color. This structure appears also in the interior of the house, on the ceiling, following the traditional way of constructing roofs. This particular element was used along the entire length of the structure, inside and outside.Save this picture!© Yiorgos KordakisSave this picture!Floor planSave this picture!© Yiorgos KordakisThe beams supporting this structure naturally could not be placed parallel to each other, instead, they follow the house’s curvy morphology, like vertebrae on a long spinal cord. As a result, the bamboo was knitted in a fishbone manner creating a unique pattern with beautiful shade textures. Save this picture!© Yiorgos KordakisThe doors and windows are wooden and simple with a light olive color and the main exterior walls are stone with no joint mortar. Both these decisions follow the traditional style and technique.Save this picture!© Yiorgos KordakisProject gallerySee allShow lessCall for Entries: ICONIC AWARDS 2021 – Innovative ArchitectureArticlesNina Barcelona Restaurant / Liat Eliav design studioSelected Projects Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/958354/xerolithi-house-sinas-architects Clipboard Projects Save this picture!© Yiorgos Kordakis+ 32Curated by Paula Pintos Share Xerolithi House / Sinas Architects CopyHouses•Serifos, Greece “COPY” Architectural Design: Photographs 2019 Greece Architects: Sinas Architects Area Area of this architecture project George Sinas, Maria Mamoura Houses ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/958354/xerolithi-house-sinas-architects Clipboard Area:  245 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Photographs:  Yiorgos Kordakis Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Xerolithi House / Sinas ArchitectsSave this projectSaveXerolithi House / Sinas Architects “COPY” CopyAbout this officeSinas ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductsStoneConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesOn InstagramOn FacebookSerifosGreecePublished on March 11, 2021Cite: “Xerolithi House / Sinas Architects” 11 Mar 2021. 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