Area: 250 sqm
Design Team: Marialena Tsolka, Yvette Wolbers, Sotiris Tseronis
Enalia House is a contemporary response to the island’s traditional Cycladic architecture. Designed to maximize the potential of a compact sloping site, the highly advanced programme creates an ingeniously arranged sequence of private and public areas woven into the hillside. Although created primarily as a family home, the clever organization allows for independent guest units to sit alongside the proprietary residence within the plan, creating moments of spatial intimacy and drama in equal measure.
The locally sourced stone, rendered in brilliant white in parts, leads the visual and structural rhythm throughout, with the thickness of the walls, an important part of the island’s vernacular, protecting against strong winds in winter and naturally cooling the interiors during the summer. From the street a discrete entrance leads to an enclosed courtyard that sets the tone for the language of the internal circulation that follows. Leading from the courtyard, an arcade divides the plan between the separate living environments, with the solid internal volumes offering an atmospheric immersion into the landscape.
The main residence is arranged along the central axis, and organized around an open-plan living area that leads onto a spacious terrace, partially shaded beneath an angled wooden pergola. With sweeping views of the coastline, and an infinity pool with decking at its edge, the terrace becomes the heart of the home, a place for socializing and relaxing throughout the day and evening. On the floor above are three master bedrooms, flanked by twin private terraces, each with its own infinity pool. Two self-contained studio units are presented to either side, with kitchen and lounge areas, and dramatic sleeping and shower areas, set underneath windows embedded within the swimming pools above. In the rear corner of the site a beautiful sunken courtyard offers a moment for atmospheric candlelight dinners in the warm summer evenings.