The Wedge House

By

The Wedge house is a custom-built single family home located in the northern suburbs of Athens, in the mountainous and full of pine trees area of Penteli, named Drafi. The site is quite distinctive and has many challenging features. The main complexity is the steep terrain with an almost 20-meter-height-difference from one side of the site to the other. The virtually vertical cliffs on both edges made access very difficult, so when a mild inclined surface appeared in the middle of the site it was quite inevitable that the house would be situated there.

Our design concentrated in creating a house that utterly blends with its natural environment sustaining most of the existing pine trees. This supposition unavoidably led to a split-level house, accommodating the steepness and the fluctuations of the topology. Two distinct blocks, facing north and west, sit on different levels, and come together in the middle with a wedge-shaped volume that forms the entrance and the vertical circulation leading to the main spaces of the house. The entrance emerges in a tight exterior passage that opens up to the whole interior enclosure, immediately as someone enters, surprising the visitor to the house’s unpredictable nine-meter-height interior.

Both block facades completely open up through large glazing surfaces to the view of the pines trees and the hills beyond, concealing the boundary between the interior of the house and its surrounding
environment.

The composite structure allows all finishes to appear in their natural state. The basic four walls are covered in stone, to seem as they are coming through the earth, connected to the exposed wooden roof only through a series of triangular aluminum windows. A butterfly roof, which reverses the conventional icon of the pitched roof house, lets natural light to enter through those high windows on the back side of the building.

The wedge permeates the roof as well, creating a skylight right above the metal stairway that leads down to the living room, kitchen and dining room, all based on the ground floor of the block facing north. The three bedrooms only accessed through the wedge are situated on the block facing west.

Again, due to the site’s steepness, the car garage stands next to the main entrance, right above the living spaces.

At the lower edge of the site, beyond the road, there is a small canyon and a narrow stream coming through. Due to the height difference the stream is not visible, but the water sound is noticeable. A longitudinal swimming pool parallel to the direction of the stream, but at a higher level, reenacted that natural condition.

uploaded The Wedge House through Add A Home.
Add your own project for the chance to be featured in Editor's Picks.
Modern home with Exterior, House Building Type, Shingles Roof Material, Wood Siding Material, Stone Siding Material, and Stucco Siding Material. The house utterly blends with its natural environment Photo  of The Wedge HouseView Photos

The house utterly blends with its natural environment

Modern home with Outdoor, Infinity Pools, Tubs, Shower, Lap Pools, Tubs, Shower, Large Patio, Porch, Deck, Metal Fences, Wall, and Trees. The longitudinal swimming pool reenacts a narrow stream coming through a canyon at a lower level Photo 2 of The Wedge HouseView Photos

The longitudinal swimming pool reenacts a narrow stream coming through a canyon at a lower level

Modern home with Exterior, Stone Siding Material, Shingles Roof Material, House Building Type, and Wood Siding Material. Both facades completely open up through large glazing surfaces to the view of the pines trees and the hills beyond Photo 3 of The Wedge HouseView Photos

Both facades completely open up through large glazing surfaces to the view of the pines trees and the hills beyond

Modern home with Exterior, House Building Type, Stone Siding Material, Wood Siding Material, Shingles Roof Material, and Stucco Siding Material. The house was situated at the mild inclined surface that appeared in the middle of the site  Photo 4 of The Wedge HouseView Photos

The house was situated at the mild inclined surface that appeared in the middle of the site

Modern home with Exterior, House Building Type, Shingles Roof Material, Stone Siding Material, Wood Siding Material, and Stucco Siding Material. The site’s steepness lead to an entrance and a car garage sitting on the first floor right above the living spaces Photo 5 of The Wedge HouseView Photos

The site’s steepness lead to an entrance and a car garage sitting on the first floor right above the living spaces

Modern home with Exterior, House Building Type, Shingles Roof Material, and Stucco Siding Material. Two distinct blocks, facing north and west, sit on different levels, and come together in the middle with a wedge-shaped volume that forms the entrance and the vertical circulation leading to the main spaces of the house. A butterfly roof, which reverses the conventional icon of the pitched roof house, lets natural light to enter through those high windows on the back side of the building Photo 6 of The Wedge HouseView Photos

Two distinct blocks, facing north and west, sit on different levels, and come together in the middle with a wedge-shaped volume that forms the entrance and the vertical circulation leading to the main spaces of the house. A butterfly roof, which reverses the conventional icon of the pitched roof house, lets natural light to enter through those high windows on the back side of the building

Modern home with Exterior, Stucco Siding Material, and Wood Siding Material. The entrance emerges in a tight exterior passage Photo 7 of The Wedge HouseView Photos

The entrance emerges in a tight exterior passage

Modern home with Hallway and Light Hardwood Floor. The entrance opens up to the whole interior enclosure, immediately as someone enters, surprising the visitor to the house’s unpredictable nine-meter-height interior Photo 8 of The Wedge HouseView Photos

The entrance opens up to the whole interior enclosure, immediately as someone enters, surprising the visitor to the house’s unpredictable nine-meter-height interior

Modern home with Office, Study Room Type, Light Hardwood Floor, and Chair. The facades open up to the view of the pines trees Photo 9 of The Wedge HouseView Photos

The facades open up to the view of the pines trees

Modern home with Staircase, Metal Tread, and Metal Railing. The wedge permeates the roof as well, creating a skylight right above the metal stairway that leads down to the living room, kitchen and dining room Photo 10 of The Wedge HouseView Photos

The wedge permeates the roof as well, creating a skylight right above the metal stairway that leads down to the living room, kitchen and dining room

Modern home with Staircase, Metal Tread, and Metal Railing. All finishes appear in their natural state Photo 11 of The Wedge HouseView Photos

All finishes appear in their natural state

Modern home with Living Room, Sofa, and Light Hardwood Floor. The walls are covered in stone, to seem as they are coming through the earth, connected to the exposed wooden roof only through a series of triangular aluminum windows Photo 12 of The Wedge HouseView Photos

The walls are covered in stone, to seem as they are coming through the earth, connected to the exposed wooden roof only through a series of triangular aluminum windows

Modern home with Living Room. The facade opens up to the view of the pines trees concealing the boundary between the interior of the house and its surrounding environment  Photo 13 of The Wedge HouseView Photos

The facade opens up to the view of the pines trees concealing the boundary between the interior of the house and its surrounding environment

Modern home with Dining Room. The natural light floods the space throughout the day Photo 14 of The Wedge HouseView Photos

The natural light floods the space throughout the day

Modern home with Kitchen, Light Hardwood Floor, and Wood Cabinet. The finishes that appear in their natural state give warmth to the house  Photo 15 of The Wedge HouseView Photos

The finishes that appear in their natural state give warmth to the house

Modern home with Bedroom. The facade opens up to the view of the pines trees concealing the boundary between the interior of the house and its surrounding environment  Photo 16 of The Wedge HouseView Photos

The facade opens up to the view of the pines trees concealing the boundary between the interior of the house and its surrounding environment

Modern home with Staircase, Metal Railing, and Metal Tread. Stair detail Photo 17 of The Wedge HouseView Photos

Stair detail

Modern home with Living Room and Hanging Fireplace. Fireplace detail Photo 18 of The Wedge HouseView Photos

Fireplace detail

Conceptual diagram of the two blocks sit that come together in the middle with a wedge-shaped volume that forms the entrance and the vertical circulation leading to the main spaces of the house Photo 19 of The Wedge House modern homeView Photos

Conceptual diagram of the two blocks sit that come together in the middle with a wedge-shaped volume that forms the entrance and the vertical circulation leading to the main spaces of the house

Longitudinal section showing the steepness of the terrain. An almost 20-meter-height-difference from one side of the site to the other and virtually vertical cliffs on both edges made it inevitable the house to be situated at the mild inclined surface that appeared in the middle of it Photo 20 of The Wedge House modern homeView Photos

Longitudinal section showing the steepness of the terrain. An almost 20-meter-height-difference from one side of the site to the other and virtually vertical cliffs on both edges made it inevitable the house to be situated at the mild inclined surface that appeared in the middle of it

Credits

Posted By
Architect
  • schema architecture & engineering
Photographer
  • Nikos Alexopoulos

Overview

Bedrooms
  • 3
  • Full Baths
  • 2
  • Partial Baths
  • 1
  • Structure
  • House (Single Residence)
  • Year
  • 2017
  • Square Feet
  • 3700