The house was conceived as a simple two-storey villa placed in the centre of a flat, rectangular site, surrounded by mature trees. The ground floor spaces are defined by a series of interconnecting white painted brick walls with full height glazing between. The plan of the house and arrangement of these walls, divides the garden into four quadrants, each with a different theme.
Open plan living, kitchen and dining spaces are at ground level, arranged around a top-lit, double height stairwell that also acts as a gallery space. The gallery bleeds into adjoining spaces with paintings carefully positioned in each. These spaces have strong connections to formal and informal garden areas. The upper level, a timber clad volume with screened windows and carved out balconies, contains the family’s private quarters and includes bathrooms lit only from above.
The single house “olion” is situated in an olive grove with olive trees planted in the beginning of the 16th century, in Thassos island. The L shaped residence, with its functional volumes distinctly separated, unfolds in two levels.The ground floor comprises the unified space of the sitting area and the kitchen, a wc and two bedrooms.The first floor contains the master bedroom with an en-suite bathroom.
The austere lines of the building contrasting its organic environment, creates a landscape of relaxation and well-being.
Internal viewpoints and views are elements of the site displayed through a transparent and whitewashed interior, completing the special relationship between building and landscape.
The colour white, wood, large openings and the water element are used in order to enhance the architectural concept, creating clean surfaces and an environment that harmoniously embodies a bohemian luxury.
In a continuation of the interior, several semi-outdoor spaces, transitional or not, constitute an important living area characterised by its immediacy of the olive grove and the water.
All outdoor activities take place around the swimming pool, with signalling and lighting elements made of local earthy materials. Internally, earthy hues, natural materials, unified clean surfaces and ethnic objects contribute to the spatial personality, while keepingmits aesthetic purity intact.
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Ark4lab is an open Architecture laboratory based in Thessaloniki , Greece, devoted to contemporary architectural design and research. It was founded by George Tyrothoulakis and Evdokia Voudouri , both graduated in Architecture at Aristotele University of Thessaloniki. Since 2010 Ark4lab explores and develops its practice through all scales and media. Their projects include buildings, residential projects, hotel design, landscape, urban design, exhibitions and interior design, academic and educational projects covering all stages of the project, from the design phase to project management. Ark4lab are obsessed with authenticity in each project working closely with clients for a unique experience for the user of their living space.