THE HIDDEN HOUSES
Location: Chalkidiki, GreeceStatus: Work in progress
Lead architect: Aspasia Taka
Design team: Maria Avramidou, Maria Solidaki, Vassia Papadaki, Anna Lazaridou, Christos Komzias, Georgia Talari
The aim of the project was the design of summer houses, in two neighboring plots, which are located very close to the settlement of Kriopigi in Halkidiki and at a great distance from the sea. Nevertheless, the view to the sea is unobstructed and very impressive. The plot is bordered by many olive groves, characteristic of all Mediterranean places. After the analysis of the requested, two large houses were proposed on the upper plot and three smaller ones on the lower one. The interiors are simple and contain only the necessary for their operation, while the outdoor space is the protagonist. The main theme of the outdoor area is the swimming pool, which tries to repair the remote connection of the plot with the sea. David Hockney’s famous painting, A Bigger Splash (1967), was the source of inspiration for its design. Our holistic approach was based on the seductive depiction of a dream place, where according to its creator, the real issue is the moment of the splash itself, frozen on canvas.