Area: 910 sqm
Design Team: Marialena Tsolka, Yvette Wolbers, Dimitris Iosifidis, Sotiris Tseronis
Construction Team: Stellios Kadoglou, Ilias Gkousetis
Found on one of the most beautiful coastline landscapes in Greece, Kavouri House is a jewel of a beach house that nestles perfectly among its surroundings. Designed as a bespoke, hand-crafted family residence, the house adopts the vernacular of the traditional rural home but features the most modern specification and construction to create the perfect domestic environment. Drawing upon references from the architecture of the Californian coast and Italian hillsides, the house effortlessly re-interprets international styles using local Greek character to create its own unique design language and redefine the concept of modern beach living.
From the exterior, the solidity of the massing is broken only by the terracotta roof tiles and wooden window shutters that complete the ensemble, with a minimal fenestration focusing the eye on the depth of the rich colors and textures on display. The facades feature a palette more familiar in coastal cliff-top regions, earthen tones of stone and wood mixed with delicate pinks and soft ochre yellows. At the street, level solid natural stone blocks create a robust wall that encircles the compact plot, with a screen of privet hedges set back to soften the profile and provide a balancing verdant tone to the honey-colored rendering of the walls behind.
The two-storey structure belies the rustic language of the exterior with a highly contemporary program and design specification inside. The ground floor is arranged around an open-plan kitchen, dining, and living area with a double-height ceiling, that opens directly onto a sun terrace with landscaped steps and a swimming pool shaded under a mature pine tree. On the second floor the four bedrooms are orientated around the atrium above the living space, with the internal structural workings of the roof visible throughout, with the aesthetic qualities and arrangement of the wooden beams seen also in the solidity of the proportions of the doors, dining table, bookcases and fireplaces, all designed and produced in-house. In addition, Kavouri House offers the most ecologically friendly credentials and is built to the latest sustainability criteria under current legislation, using energy-efficient SMART technologies to create a fully integrated and climate-controlled environment ensure, with triple glazing ensuring minimum heat loss.