Location: Kea Island, The Cyclades, Greece
Size: 150 m²
Architects: COMETA Architects
Photography: © Dimitris Kleanthis
A summerhouse in Greece developed for the Mediterranean climate, using local materials and sustainable energy saving methods
The steep ground and the plot’s narrow dimensions determine the pronounced and gradient form of the building which rises from the mountain and over the valley of Poisses, to finally balance itself with the surrounding traditional dwellings and the natural context.
The secondary home of a family of four, spreads through 3 volumes which clearly can defined as the seating & kitchen volume, the circulation tower and the sleeping & storaging volume. The principal material chosen is the local stone, carefully crafted against the horizontal micro-cement surfaces.
The experience of the Cycladic landscape is the design’s main concern, expressed through the spatial evolution and relationship of the building with the dramatic land. This is achieved through the traditional method of construction called “kotounto”, a dry, humid-free space between the rock and the building. In such a way, the external spaces, a continuous perimetrical ‘kotoundo’ makes the building sometimes trying to break away from the rock and sometimes to reconcile with it.
Apart from this traditional tecnique of which is principlally used to drain the waters coming from the mountains, leaving walls and foundations dry, the house includes in its design an under-floor heating installation which is generated by the solar heaters installed in the roof. The cooling is achieved from cross ventilation and also an additional under-floor cooling is provided. Finally, the rainwater is collected in the 3 rooftops and stored in an underground reservoir.
All images courtesy of Cometa Architects | © Dimitris Kleanthis
Established by Faidra Matziaraki & Víctor Gonzalez Martí in 2012, Cometa Architects is a Barcelona based practice of exciting, energetic & dedicated architects committed to the creativity of designing and the process of construction.
Cometa’s experience extends from interiors and product design to cooperation and sustainability and focuses on delivering exceptional design from innovative concept to project management and construction.
The work is based on the responsive relationships built with the clients, collaborators and staff, which evolves through a process of continuous production and feedback. Part of the office’s work is dedicated to research, bespoke design making and prototyping.