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Greek House Design: Attica Residential Development design by Tense Architecture Network

post updated 12 Jan 2019

Sikamino House

Design: Tense Architecture Network

Location: Sikamino, central Greece (north of Athens)

Residence in Sikamino Greece home

Photos: Stelios Delis

New Residence in Sikamino

The 6,000 m2 field is elongated, rural. How could a residence rise out of the ground, how could it be confined to a roof? The residence is its roof. A sixty meters long one. It can be perceived as a slightly elevated strip of earthy crust in front of the distant mountains of Euboea. The roof is born from the ground and it is planted likewise: helichrysum, rosanthemum, lavender, gauras, thyme.

Residence in Sikamino Greece home

The building shell is of reinforced concrete, exposed on roofs and walls. Iron frames, sun-protecting blinds, metallic shutters palliate the sense of transparency. The sculptural clarity of the concrete roof was attained by means of inversion of all beams but one, which abuts at the central column: the hearth. A tense, twofold merge of the 400m2 residence with its surrounding field is attempted: via an immersing into the ground and a simultaneous covering by the elongated roof.

Residence in Sikamino Greece home

The project’s sustainability is attained by passive means: the energy conservation achieved by the immersion and the earthy covering is intensified by the protecting, cantilevered hovering of the roof. The building’s shell is bichrome: concrete grey and transparent brown, complemented by the landscaping of the surroundings by rammed earth. The latter contributes to the attainment of a proper micro-climate, whereas its hydro-absorption capacity allows for the rainwater’s collection used for the plants’ irrigation.

Residence in Sikamino Greece home

The roof greening is adjusted to the Greek climatic conditions, in particular those of Attica. It aspired to producing a selfsustaining, biodiverse ecosystem allowing for the construction to become part of the landscape. The residence seems to be effectively twofaced: It is gentle but at the same time it is not.

Residence in Sikamino Greece home

It is integrated in its field but nevertheless opposes itself to it. It partially disappears and yet insistently manifests its vigor. Its merging is consciously infinite, incomplete. And mainly, open.

Residence in Sikamino Greece home

Sikamino House images / information from Tense Architecture Network, 8 Mar 2013

Location: Sikamino, Greece, southeastern Europe

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