HOUSE L 2016

text project list
description island retreat
category residential, research
location Antiparos, Greece
built area 317 m²
design team

Stephan Buerger, Demetra Katsota, Maria Chassioti, Leonidas Kalpaxidis, Myrto Tsarouchi


Taras Diachun

project initiator


client private
design year 2016

Inhabiting the Aegean horizon and the Cycladic landscape: The rectangular seafront property offers spectacular views stretching along an east-west axis between the flat ground of a former lime extraction plant and a steep fall into the Aegean Sea. The new building at 54m above sea level presents itself as a single storey square ‘assembly’ within dispersed cedar trees and wild shrubs. The careful siting and orientation allow for the appropriation of four distinct vistas: a dramatic view of vertical cliffs and rough seas towards the southwest, a sea horizon view with the delineation of Sifnos in the background towards the west, a picturesque view of an undulating landscape as it disappears in the sea beyond towards the north and a bucolic view of inland Antiparos towards the east.

Mona-stic / Fun-tastic: The house is conceived as a family retreat. Its design builds upon the dynamic contrast between seclucive private zones for retreat and contemplation versus generous indoor and outdoor living zones for social interaction and entertainment. Six bedrooms, a study and meditation room are organised within six volumes that open onto private courtyards, loggias and terraces providing varied experiences of privacy, views, light and nature. In contrast the flowy, generous, expansive indoor and outdoor public living areas are defined as the in-between zones of the private cells. The core of the house is the central courtyard; a dynamic skylight space that extends towards the south into a generous loggia and flows towards the north and the west into niches, open for multiple appropriations.

Water cast: Standing in the living room, courtyard or loggia and looking out, one gradually perceives in the projective reflection of a ‘block of water’ the spectacular panorama. The pool is conceived as an abstract cast of water, a land art piece with reference to Anish Kapoor’s works in resin. The rectilinear container, sits 1.5m below the level of the house with a generous sunbathing area. The pool’s elliptical section allows for various forms of water enjoyment and for perimeter seating and reclining on its shallow waters.

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RESTAURANT THALERSEE 2020 public, hospitality Graz Austria
VILLAS B 2019 residential, hospitality Costa Navarino ,  Messinia Greece
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MAYRHOFEN STATION 2018 public Mayrhofen Austria
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STUDENT STUDIOS PATRAS 2007 residential Patras Greece
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AS IF 2014 residential, research Mykonos Greece
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UNIVERSITY LIBRARY GRAZ 2015 public Graz Austria
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THREE SPACES 2013 exhibition Athens Greece
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STUDENT STUDIOS THESSALONIKI 2017 residential Thessaloniki Greece
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PX THREE CORNERS 2012 public Athens Greece
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COASTAL DOMAINS 2017 exhibition Athens Greece
ANNENHEIM CUBES 2012 residential, hospitality Treffen Austria
FERLACH TECHNICAL SCHOOL 2016 public Ferlach Austria
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6 VOIDS: PXATHENS 2012 exhibition Venice Italy
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CAUCASUS CONFERENCE CENTRE 2012 public Qabala Azerbaijan
GERMAN SCHOOL ATHENS 2017 public Athens Greece
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PX ATHENS 2012 public, masterplan Athens Greece
LARNACA AGORA 2011 public Larnaca Cyprus
NOVARA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 2018 public Vienna Austria
OFFICE A 2010 commercial Athens Greece
HBWBC SCHOOL 2010 public Vienna Austria
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RATHAUSPARK 2009 public Vienna Austria
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VILLA W1 2008 residential Corfu Greece
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KYRIAZI DEVELOPMENT 2008 commercial, residential Athens Greece
GERMAN DEVELOPMENT 2008 masterplan Sofia Bulgaria
SUPERSTORE V 2008 commercial Athens Greece
MELINA PAVILION 2007 exhibition Athens Greece
GLEISDORF DEVELOPMENT 2007 residential Gleisdorf Austria
HELEXPO PAVILION 2007 exhibition Thessaloniki Greece
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SKYWALK BRIDGE 2004 public Vienna Austria
HELLENIKON PARK 2004 masterplan Athens Greece
DARNITSA DEVELOPMENT 2003 commercial Kiev Ukraine
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