project: a new built family house in the landmarked area of Plaka, Athens
floor area: 270 sq. m
design + construction : 2003-6
The property is a long thin strip wedged between its neighboring
buildings, with a short façade overlooking Lisikratous square. Th
plot opens up toward the back, creating a pocket of inhabitable
The facade on the square and the pocket in the interior of the block
are both inhabited by positioning two volumes facing each other with
a courtyard in between.
The back volume in the interior of the block becomes the private part
of the house, where the bedrooms and family room are situated. The
front volume becomes the public part where the living room, kitchen
and dining room are situated. It acts as a buffer zone between the
busy touristic square and the privacy of family life.
The façade on the square is based on the aesthetics of traditional
materials and building methods, and behind this almost found object,
the approach and materials become contemporary.