Porto Heli, Greece
An all-season country villa located in Porto Heli, along the coastland of mainland Greece, yet a few minutes away by boat from the cosmopolitan island of Spetses. Porto Heli has a strong island feeling, which makes it very appealing for a holiday destination and combines the lush nature of Peloponnese offering yearlong experiences.
This borderline relation of the area is reflected in the architecture of the residence. Responding to its unique location, the design blends two local housing typologies.
The natural topography of the landscape is kept intact in order to contain the scale of the residence, which is conceived as a form that always seemed to belong there.
The two-storey building is characterised by the local river stone on the walls at the ground floor level and the white textured walls on the first floor, as a reference to the mainland barns and the island houses.
The ground floor is more dramatic, bright, open and expansive and features a series of living spaces, including an open-plan kitchen and dining room.
A large window opening frames the view of the sea and blends the boundaries between the internal space and the swimming pool and outdoor lounge areas.
The main entrance of the house is easily accessible from the highest level of the plot. It consists of three spacious bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms and a wooden sculptural staircase leading to the ground floor level.
Another large opening in the living area opens up to an inner courtyard. The auxiliary spaces which consists of storage spaces and a plant room are located on the northwestern side of the yard,nestled into the site’s hillside.
On the opposite wing, two guestrooms with a shared bathroom are accessible through an internal garden, which offers independence and privacy from the rest of the residence.
The idea of escapism combined with the ease and comfort of a residence to be enjoyed all year-long, incorporates emotional and ecological aspects.