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.
Night view of the Towerhouse I
View of the ocean from the mezzanine
The dining room opening to the olive orchard
The double-height living room
View of the interior staircase
View of the Towerhouse I and the olive orchard