The Olive Tree House

Makedonia Thraki, Greece
Location
  • Makedonia Thraki, Greece
  • Structure
  • House (Single Residence)
  • Square Feet
  • 225
  • Lot Size
  • 44670
  • Bedrooms
  • 1
  • Full Baths
  • 1
  • The client brief for this small summer house located in Halkidiki, Greece called for a low-maintenance weekend home located on a pristine olive grove hill overlooking the sea, and beyond towards the famous monasteries of Mount Athos.

    The project is highly experimental and employs cutting-edge digital CAD/CAM technology in an innovative way. All building components were pre-fabricated, nevertheless, the design itself carefully considered the sun’s position to provide shading and to complement the views. The 3m by 7m rectangular plan is aligned to the cardinal points and it is sub-divided into smaller rooms. A corridor connects these spaces but also aligns with the adjacent olive trees which, thus, become integral to the house’s layout.

    The exterior envelope is a lightweight metallic surface which wraps around and it is movable, to provide maximum flexibility. The envelope’s perforated textile-like pattern is inspired by the shade of the olive trees. As the sun moves during the course of the day the interior spaces are filled with ever-changing shadows.

    This building forms part of an enquiry into sustainability and the provision for human comfort in architecture, by questioning the definition of inside and outside inhabitable space.

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    Modern home with wood counter, metal cabinet, concrete floor, wood cabinet, chair, coffee tables, table, desert, trees, shrubs, small patio, porch, deck, and doors. The Olive Tree House in Sithonia, Halkidiki, Greece Photo  of The Olive Tree House

    The Olive Tree House in Sithonia, Halkidiki, Greece

    Modern home with wood counter, wood cabinet, concrete floor, metal cabinet, coffee tables, table, desert, trees, chair, shrubs, small patio, porch, deck, exterior, metal, folding door type, and outdoor. View towards the South-East to the sea and the monasteries of Mount Athos Photo 2 of The Olive Tree House

    View towards the South-East to the sea and the monasteries of Mount Athos

    View towards the South Photo 3 of The Olive Tree House modern home

    View towards the South

    View towards the north and the olive tree Photo 4 of The Olive Tree House modern home

    View towards the north and the olive tree

    Modern home with wood counter, coffee tables, metal cabinet, wood cabinet, chair, concrete floor, table, trees, shrubs, small patio, porch, deck, exterior, metal, folding door type, and kitchen. View from the East Photo 5 of The Olive Tree House

    View from the East

    Modern home with wood counter, coffee tables, wood cabinet, metal cabinet, chair, concrete floor, table, trees, shrubs, small patio, porch, deck, exterior, metal, folding door type, metal counter, and living room. View from the South Photo 6 of The Olive Tree House

    View from the South

    Modern home with wood counter, coffee tables, wood cabinet, metal cabinet, concrete floor, chair, table, trees, shrubs, small patio, porch, deck, exterior, metal, folding door type, metal counter, and shed & studio. View to south Photo 7 of The Olive Tree House

    View to south

    Modern home with wood counter, coffee tables, wood cabinet, metal cabinet, chair, table, trees, shrubs, small patio, porch, deck, concrete floor, exterior, metal, folding door type, metal counter, living space, and bedroom. Dramatic shadows of the interior space Photo 8 of The Olive Tree House

    Dramatic shadows of the interior space

    Modern home with wood counter, concrete floor, wood cabinet, metal cabinet, chair, coffee tables, table, trees, shrubs, small patio, porch, deck, exterior, metal, folding door type, metal counter, living space, bed, bedroom, and accent lighting. Interior view Photo 9 of The Olive Tree House

    Interior view

    Modern home with wood counter, coffee tables, wood cabinet, metal cabinet, concrete floor, chair, table, trees, shrubs, small patio, porch, deck, exterior, metal, folding door type, metal counter, living space, bed, accent lighting, and bedroom. Interior view towards the south Photo 10 of The Olive Tree House

    Interior view towards the south

    Play of shadows Photo 11 of The Olive Tree House modern home

    Play of shadows

    Play of shadows Photo 12 of The Olive Tree House modern home

    Play of shadows

    Modern home with wood cabinet, coffee tables, wood counter, metal cabinet, concrete floor, chair, table, trees, shrubs, small patio, porch, deck, exterior, metal, folding door type, metal counter, living space, bed, accent lighting, and outdoor. View from the olive tree Photo 13 of The Olive Tree House

    View from the olive tree

    Modern home with wood counter, wood cabinet, concrete floor, metal cabinet, chair, coffee tables, table, trees, shrubs, small patio, porch, deck, exterior, metal, folding door type, metal counter, living space, bed, accent lighting, garden, desert, and hardscapes. Night view Photo 14 of The Olive Tree House

    Night view

    Modern home with wood cabinet, wood counter, metal cabinet, concrete floor, chair, coffee tables, table, trees, shrubs, small patio, porch, deck, exterior, metal, folding door type, metal counter, living space, bed, accent lighting, garden, desert, and hardscapes. Night view Photo 15 of The Olive Tree House

    Night view