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Meganisi House


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Dimitris Theodoropoulos
Maria Tsigara
Marianna Xyntaraki
Interior Design
Hiboux Architecture
Yannis Machairas
Landscape Design
Daphne Kokkini Werkraum
Plethron Constructions
Yannis Drakoulidis
Yiorgos Conidaris

From Hiboux Architecture

The house is formed as a complex of scattered domed round volumes, and a square grid canopy connecting them, amongst 42 existing olive trees on terraces retained by dry-stack walls (xerolithies). Inspired by the pastoral round stone dwellings found in several places, among them in nearby Eglouvi, Lefkada, the stone volumes aim at conserving the terraced configuration of the ground, following the curved patterns, thus paying respect to the pre-existing habitat of the place and serving the idea of a new human dwelling among the existing non-human living (trees) or non-living (rocks) entities, with the least possible disturbance. None of the trees was cut or moved.
The steel canopy contrasts the almost archaeological existing surface of the land and its habitation as a protecting layer over it, acquiring a form so often found in the shepherds’ sheds of the Mediterranean landscape, a thin cover parallel to the inclination of the ground. The steel canopy thin layer is a new ground, offset and planted. Thus the new is immersed in the preexisting.

The complex consists of the main residence and 5 domed guest houses. The domed volume of the master bedroom and a two storey “watchtower” with accessible roof, form the main residence by means of glass curtain walls that ensure an inner heated space (for living/dining and kitchen) while allowing the flow of the terraced land to traverse the entirety of the house. The indoors-outdoors continuity creates spaces valuing a living in the countryside.

The complex serves as a landscape-immersive joint retreat for groups who can rehearse together on the hexagonal stage (shala), train and gather around a common outside table, called the piazza.