The 180m2 residence is located in a mildly inclined hill with olive trees, above the community of Plakias in Rethimno.
The building is being developed in two interconnected levels. The main residence is located on the lower level, while the upper level acts as a music and relaxation area with an independent entrance. The gradient of the land along with the views that defined the building into a staggered arrangement partially revealed, played a significant role in deciding the location and the functions of the building.
The partially underground building that is being created, emerges from the olive grove and the slope, and as a result is related to the ground from the North side, and also with the view from the South side. Main concern was the main uses and the outdoor areas to be facing the horizon and the view, while the secondary ones to be concealed on the underground piece.
The wider area of Plakias and its quality features are of particular interest. Steep shiny rocks, compositions of rifts and cuts- that refer to tectonic structures- elements that emerge from the landscape such as castles and watermills, are becoming the main references of the design and are being translated into designing tools.
Two paragon “tectonic plates” overlap, acting as room and also as roof of the main residence. While the building is being developed downhill, a symphony of slabs and ground is being created towards the olive grove side that hides the total volume of the residence from the side of the street. The stone “tower” is left visible, resting on the slab, reminding of the old stone watermills of the area. Through a sequence of levels, the building is harmonized with the ground and opens towards the horizon.
Lastly, the building volumes are covered with natural materials and colors, so that the building can act as an extension of the landscape.