House in Gerakas by Office Twentyfive Architects
Designed by Office Twentyfive Architects, this futuristic 3,900-square-foot residence is situated in Gerakas, Athens, Greece.
Description by Office Twentyfive Architects
The House is located in a suburb of Athens city, called Gerakas. It is surrounded by other private residences with gardens, narrow plots and unformed public spaces, which in the future will become parks and green zone areas. Due to the narrow and deep shape of the site and with an exclusive view to a park at the front side, we decided the volume of housing to reach the two adjacent sites.
Basic principle at the architecture of the residence which created its final form was the capture of functional development in the shell.
The white color of the dominant volume is combined with an antiquated wood of cedar, which covers the facade of the 1st floor surface, and paneled clean glass surfaces which surround the site. The modern design of the building is combined with similar choices at the interior decoration.
At the ground floor there is the living room, the kitchen and the dining room, but also a wine cellar and parking spaces. The fireplace in tones of grey dominates the living room, while upstairs the respectively selected tints in wallpapers and lightings offer tranquility in the family. To take advantage of the view to the park, we organized the living room at the front part of the ground floor and the kitchen at the back, with direct contact to a private garden.
A curved wall at the left edge of the site leads the visitor gradually towards the entrance of the residence. At the center of the house there is an internal patio, which goes through all the floor levels and diffuses natural light in the residence. With the creation of this internal patio we provide, natural light and cooling in the house and also create a beautiful internal garden in the residence.
The 1st floor was developed as one volume throughout the width of the site, taking advantage of the view towards the park from all bedrooms. Furthermore, as cantilever it shelters the entrance of the residence. This level hosts a private family living room and the private spaces of the bedrooms and the bathrooms.