Planning Permission, Developed Design
The holiday retreat is located northeast of Santorini at Columbo, an area characterised by its striking connection with the island’s active volcano, which lies 18 meters below the sea level and rises 280 meters high from the bottom of the sea.
The building appears as a rock cast from the caldera of the volcano after a vigorous eruption while its mass and skin have been sculptured over time by the forceful seaside winds and the erosion of the sea water.
The shaping of the mass of the residence from inside out and vice versa, refers to the local traditional construction technique of underground houses and inspired the sculptural form of the building which resembles a rock hurled from the volcano.
The residence reinterprets the vernacular architecture of the island into a contemporary vocabulary. Ιts long and irregular form is defined by the narrowness of the site and the intent to provide vistas ofthe sea and the horizon from all the rooms.
The design of the house captures the history and the strong elements of natural decomposition of the landscape by the thick layers of volcanic lava and the intensity of the strong winds.
The façade of the building gives the impression of an eroded shell which in some places has been eroded by the forceful winds. The understanding of daily and seasonal positions of the sun informed the shape and form of the openings of the house depending on the orientation and function of each room.
Amid a strong, scene-stealing location, we aimed at infusing harmony, serenity and purity in every aspect of our design.