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description private holiday residences on a peninsula in the Cyclads
category residential, hospitality
location Paros, Greece
built area 1.500 m²
design team

Stephan Buerger, Demetra Katsota, Marios Botis, Savvas Kakalis


Taras Diachun


Apsotolos Koukoumis (structural engineers)

SKV Consulting (m/e engineers)

Greenways Hellas (lansdcape design)

general contractor

Diolkos Construction ATE

client Larenato Ltd.
design year 2020
completion year

The four north-facing plots of land occupy the main part of a barren peninsula just east of the town of Naousa, Paros, with its furthest tip known as the ‘rocks for thought’. Morphologically the peninsula constitutes a rocky ‘tongue’ gently rising to approximately 11m above sea level, offering spectacular panoramic views towards Naousa, the northern coastline of Paros and fragments of the Cycladic archipelago beyond.

The six austere building enclosures with their archaic quality are set at oblique angels to each other circumscribing a protected, newly landscaped void space in its centre. Each enclosure orientates itself towards a different vanishing point and is set on a different level allowing the two most southern units to overlook their neighbours without obstruction, inhabiting the Aegean horizon reaching out towards the islands of Delos, Mykonos and Tinos.

Each villa is organised around enclosed courtyards, loggias and niches. These protected patches of nature are inhabited by various trees and plants, such as citrus trees, etc. enhancing the stark contrast with the surrounding arid landscape and creating comfortable spaces of outdoor inhabitation. The material pallet can be found on the site and island: 50cm thick local stone for the solid and perforated perimeter walls, acting as much as a windbreaker as well as a spatial delineator to provide privacy. This outer hard shell in its colour and rawness belongs to the surrounding landscape and is set in strong contrast to the white pallet of the enclosure’s delicate interior. There, the combination of white terrazzo with the white washed inner perimeter stone wall is off set with the smooth rendered wall surfaces, the large frameless glazing and the perforated pergola, casting dynamic and ephemeral patterns of shadow and light. These refined surface textures enhance the continuity between the inside and outside, merging the spatial elements to a single Mediterranean living experience.

The villas are conceived as family retreats and their design is built upon the dynamic contrast between seclusive private zones for retrieve and contemplation versus common generous indoor and outdoor living zones for social interaction and entertainment. The bedrooms and a meditation room are open onto private courtyards, loggias and terraces providing varied experiences of privacy, views, light and nature. Circumscribed by a perimeter protective stone wall the flowy, generous outdoor living areas are defined as shaded in-between zones with niches open for multiple appropriations. These zones are designed for outdoor cooking, dining, sitting, lounging and sunbathing, watching a movie, areas where parties and simultaneous gatherings can take place. Beyond each perimeter enclosure, nested within the landscape, a generous hard-surfaced sun deck provides ample space for sunbathing with a built shower and pool.

Title Year Type Locaction Country
PENINSULA 2020 residential, hospitality Paros Greece
VILLAS A 2019 residential, hospitality Costa Navarino ,  Messinia Greece
RESTAURANT THALERSEE 2020 public, hospitality Graz Austria
VILLAS B 2019 residential, hospitality Costa Navarino ,  Messinia Greece
OKZT HUB 2018 offices Klagenfurt Austria
MAYRHOFEN STATION 2018 public Mayrhofen Austria
HOUSES A·2 2014 residential, hospitality Paros Greece
FERANT GARDEN APARTMENT 2017 residential Ljubljana Slovenia
CING LABORATORY BUILDING 2018 public Nicosia Cyprus
STUDENT STUDIOS PATRAS 2007 residential Patras Greece
PX SIX THRESHOLDS 2012 public Athens Greece
HOUSE E 2016 residential Artemida Greece
HOUSE L 2016 residential, research Antiparos Greece
LANDHOTEL SILVESTAR 2016 commercial, residential, hospitality Motovun Croatia
AS IF 2014 residential, research Mykonos Greece
HOUSE B 2014 residential Crete Greece
UNIVERSITY LIBRARY GRAZ 2015 public Graz Austria
HOUSE T 2016 residential Antiparos Greece
HOUSE H 2012 residential Corfu Greece
KURA CULTURAL CENTRE 2013 public Mingachevir Azerbaijan
THREE SPACES 2013 exhibition Athens Greece
KUBAN RIVERSIDE HOTEL 2013 commercial, hospitality Krasnodar Russia
STUDENT STUDIOS THESSALONIKI 2017 residential Thessaloniki Greece
HOUSE A+B 2008 residential Paros Greece
COOP BANK HEADQUARTERS 2012 commercial Nicosia Cyprus
PX THREE CORNERS 2012 public Athens Greece
AUSTRIAN AMBASSADOR RESIDENCE 2013 residential Athens Greece
COASTAL DOMAINS 2017 exhibition Athens Greece
ANNENHEIM CUBES 2012 residential, hospitality Treffen Austria
FERLACH TECHNICAL SCHOOL 2016 public Ferlach Austria
CASPIAN SEA RESORT 2012 public, residential, masterplan, hospitality Baku Azerbaijan
6 VOIDS: PXATHENS 2012 exhibition Venice Italy
BELGIAN EMBASSY 2009 public Athens Greece
CAUCASUS CONFERENCE CENTRE 2012 public Qabala Azerbaijan
GERMAN SCHOOL ATHENS 2017 public Athens Greece
LAKE APARTMENTS 2012 residential Bodensdorf Austria
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
DASOUPOLI HIGH SCHOOL 2010 public Nicosia Cyprus
RATHAUSPARK 2009 public Vienna Austria
TOWNHOUSE K 2009 residential Nafplion Greece
VILLA W1 2008 residential Corfu Greece
HELLENIC PARLIAMENT 2008 research Athens Greece
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
VILLA S 2006 residential Vienna Austria
VERTICAL ATTICA 2006 masterplan, research Attica Greece
SCHLOSSMUSEUM 2006 public Linz Austria
EXHIBITION 102x 2006 exhibition Athens Greece
HOUSE M 2004 residential Athens Greece
SKYWALK BRIDGE 2004 public Vienna Austria
HELLENIKON PARK 2004 masterplan Athens Greece
DARNITSA DEVELOPMENT 2003 commercial Kiev Ukraine
TRANSITIONAL INTERSTICES 2003 residential Ano Liosia Greece