Towerhouse I

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Tower-house I interprets the form of dwelling, widely found throughout the outer Mani, southern Greece. This form, a combination of defense tower and farmhouse, was articulated by a monolithic, stone structure with few openings, so as to protect dwellers from extensive heat as well as piracy. Furthermore, the surrounding landscape is characterized by dry stone retaining walls, transforming a steep topography into a series of arable plateaus.

Tower-house I is designed as a volume among existing preserved retaining walls and a few new concrete ones. There are no seams at the white, stucco facades, only the dark frames of the apertures. No elements project from the main volume, except the steel frame in front of the west facade, accommodating temporary shade screens.

The interior design enhances the idea of mediterranean landscape, which is infinite view of the sea at living area and close vicinity of the olive orchard at dining area and the kitchen. Therefore, the interior is articulated by the double-height living room viewing the ocean and the low-height dining room next to the olive orchard. The interior also embraces a protected and quiet-zone area at the mezzanine.

Towerhouse I has been awarded with the DOMES Prize for the Best First Building of a Young Architect, and shortlisted at the Mediterranean Sustainable Architecture Awards.

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Night view of the Towerhouse I Photo  of Towerhouse I modern home

Night view of the Towerhouse I

Modern home with Living Room. View of the ocean from the mezzanine Photo 2 of Towerhouse I

View of the ocean from the mezzanine

Modern home with Dining Room, Bench, Pendant Lighting, Ceramic Tile Floor, and Table. The dining room opening to the olive orchard Photo 3 of Towerhouse I

The dining room opening to the olive orchard

Modern home with Two-Sided Fireplace, Ceramic Tile Floor, Living Room, Pendant Lighting, and Sofa. The double-height living room Photo 4 of Towerhouse I

The double-height living room

Modern home with Staircase, Concrete Tread, and Glass Railing. View of the interior staircase Photo 5 of Towerhouse I

View of the interior staircase

Modern home with Exterior, House Building Type, Flat RoofLine, and Stucco Siding Material. View of the Towerhouse I and the olive orchard Photo 6 of Towerhouse I

View of the Towerhouse I and the olive orchard

Modern home with Exterior, Stucco Siding Material, and House Building Type. Towerhouse I Photo 7 of Towerhouse I

Towerhouse I

Credits

Posted By
Architect
  • SOUTH architecture
Interior Design
  • SOUTH architecture
Landscape Design
  • SOUTH architecture
Builder
  • SOUTH architecture
Photographer
  • Erieta Attali

Overview

Location
  • Bedrooms
  • 3
  • Full Baths
  • 2
  • Partial Baths
  • 1
  • Year
  • 2012
  • Square Feet
  • 2700
  • Press