Porto Heli, Greece
The natural topography of the landscape is kept intact in order to contain the scale of the residence that is conceived as a form that always seemed to belong to the landscape.
Located along the coastland of mainland Greece, yet a few minutes away by boat from the island of Spetses, Porto Heli has a strong island feel. On a daily basis, many local people and tourists cross the sea from both sides to go to work, visit the beaches or go out for drinks.
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 two-storey building is characterised by the black stone walls on the ground floor and the white textured walls on the first floor which make reference to the mainland barns and the island houses.
The ground floor is more dramatic, bright, open and expansive and houses 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 area
Another large opening in the living area opens up to a courtyard. The auxiliary spaces including storage and plant room are located on the northwestern side of the yard,nestled into the site’s hillside.
On the opposite wing, two more bedrooms with a shared bathroom are accessible through the internal garden and provide a more intimate feel.
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 bathroom and a wooden staircase leading to the ground floor level.