The steep ground and the plot’s narrow dimensions determine the pronounced and gradient form of the building which rises from the mountain and over the valley of Poisses, to finally balance itself with the surrounding traditional dwellings and the natural context.

The secondary home of a family of four, spreads through 3 volumes which clearly can defined as the seating & kitchen volume, the circulation tower and the sleeping & storaging volume. The principal material chosen is the locally quarried stone, carefully crafted against the horizontal micro-cement surfaces.

The experience of the Cycladic landscape is the design’s main concern expressed through the spatial evolution and relationship of the building with the dramatic land. This is achieved through the traditional method of construction called “kotounto”, a dry, humid-free space between the rock and the building. In such a way, the external spaces, a continuous perimetrical ‘kotoundo’ makes the building sometimes trying to break away from the rock and sometimes to reconcile with it.

Apart from this traditional tecnique of which is principlally used to drain the waters coming from the mountains, leaving walls and foundations dry, the house includes in its design an under-floor heating installation which is generated by the solar heaters installed in the roof. The cooling is achieved from cross ventilation and also an additional under-floor cooling is provided. Finally, the rainwater is collected in the 3 rooftops and stored in an underground reservoir.

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Double terrace views

Modern home with Outdoor, Back Yard, Desert, Small Patio, Porch, Deck, and Wood Patio, Porch, Deck. Exterior eating area with views towards the valley Photo 2 of ROCKSPLIT houseView Photos

Exterior eating area with views towards the valley

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East facade : entrance, stair case and bedrooms volumes

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South East elevation

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West elevation & gorund floor plan

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Rain water collection rooftop & terraces

Modern home with Outdoor, Hardscapes, Grass, Boulders, and Concrete Patio, Porch, Deck. 3D Render Photo 7 of ROCKSPLIT houseView Photos

3D Render

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Interior Staircase

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saving energy diagram

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Kitchen area

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Location plan

Modern home with Living Room, Bench, Coffee Tables, Concrete Floor, Standard Layout Fireplace, and Wood Burning Fireplace. Living area Photo 12 of ROCKSPLIT houseView Photos

Living area

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Summer night in a mediterranean island

Modern home with Bath Room, Concrete Floor, Open Shower, Corner Shower, and Concrete Wall. Showeroom Photo 14 of ROCKSPLIT houseView Photos

Showeroom

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Upperfloor & staircase banister

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Cutting through the rock, upper bedroom terrace

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Ground floor patio

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Blended in the rock, south elevation

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Eating area terraces

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West elevation

Architect
  • Faidra Matziaraki
  • Victor Gonzalez Marti
  • Betty Tsaousi ( Architect stage A)
Interior Design
Landscape Design
Builder
  • Nikos Zoulamopoulos
Photographer
  • Dimitris Kleanthis

Overview

Bedrooms
  • 3
  • 3
  • Structure
  • House (Single Residence)
  • Style
  • Modern
  • Square Feet
  • 492.126