Location: Milos, Greece
Perched on the cliff edge in Plaka, the main town on the Greek island of Milos, this 19th century house has been carefully restored to provide a London-based family with an authentically traditional yet practical summer retreat.
Originally built in 1813, the house is effectively a 200-year-old stone organism. Unlike more recent building styles, it is not made up of separate elements, almost every part has been constructed in stone. We were keen to respect this organism, leaving the 60cm thick walls untouched and performing a very precise and deliberate surgery on the building with minimal intervention. We removed more recent structural additions to revive the original intention of the design and all new elements have been constructed with traditional techniques using locally sourced materials. Restricted access due to the narrow streets within Plaka meant that these materials had to be carried by hand from the nearest road up through the village to the house.
Originally the house was divided into 2 zones; the ground floor as the main living and entertaining space and the basement, dug out of the mountain rock, as storage and utility space. We wanted to preserve the contrasting characters of the 2 floors whilst re-distributing their programmatic use.
All images Courtesy of K-Studio
k-studio is an architecture firm based in Athens, Greece. It was established in 2002 by UCL graduates Dimitris and Konstantinos Karampatakis.
The studio has grown over the years with a multi-national staff working from the Athens offices as well as collaborators based in London. Together they have developed a reputation for their fresh, dynamic approach to architectural interventions. Their portfolio includes a variety of projects from shops, restaurants and offices to hotel rooms, apartments and new build houses. Built work is primarily based in Greece, the Greek islands and London with some projects located in France and Switzerland.
The office believes that creative experimentation and fresh thinking leads to exciting architectural experiences on every scale and in all aspects of life. Background research focuses on the characteristics of the site and brief and the design concept is developed through a palette of ideas and materials that honestly and holistically respond to both. This contextual approach produces unique architectural experiences for each project, in which every element of the design comes together within a clear concept that successfully presents the identity of the client.
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