Location: Thessaloniki, GreeceStatus: Work in progress
Lead architect: Aspasia Taka
Design team: Maria Avramidou, Marcella Anthrakopoulou, Maria Solidaki, Zoe Papadopoulou, Anna Lazaridou, Eleni Kaimakamidou
Our team undertook the construction of a private house, for a family of 4, with a very special terrain. Specifically, the slope of the ground exceeds 25%. The location of the property is located on the borders of the Panorama settlement, Pylaia-Hortiatis Municipality of Thessaloniki, which due to the morphology of the plot, its directness with rich vegetation, and the unobstructed view to Hortiatis, create a very special background, upon which our design principles are based. Safety, comfort and a high degree of privacy were prioritized by the owners, and were the main axes on which our design was developed. The main goal of the design is to create a “retreat” from everyday life, the idea of a safe mountain lodge that will cover the comfort and well-being of the family located in the natural landscape, protected from the noise of the city. The strategic location of the plot, on the borders of the urban fabric with a clear horizon towards the forest, helps in this direction. The starting point of the design, it is the most basic element of nature, the liquid element that is found abundantly in the area. There is stagnation, in nearby natural lakes, and current, in streams and brooks. The movement of water, and the patterns that form when water encounters obstacles, give rise to our design.