LIVING TERRACES

Model Complex of Vacation Houses in Skroponeri, Euboea -GR

Honorary mention in architectural competition, 2006

Architects: Panos Dragonas, Varvara Christopoulou
Associate: Zografia Karekou
 

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The design project investigates the basic principles of a model complex of 27 vacation houses, which is expandable to 170 units, οn a steep slope plot with a beautiful view over Skroponeri bay.

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Instead of dispersing small independent buildings, the project proposes the formation of terraces on the whole area. The height of each terrace is 3.50 meters and follows the natural slope. The terraces are covered by green roofs filled with local dry vegetation. A new ground is thus created that is adapted to the natural terrain and offers unobstructed views to the bay. At the same time, the slabs of the terraces create horizontal frames which highlight the view through each apartment.

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The circulation network for vehicles and pedestrians is organized in two levels following the formation of terraces. The vehicles arrive in the basement while the pedestrians walk on the ground level. The cars are parked at a minimum distance from each residence without disturbing the open-air activities. Social life takes place in the pedestrian network outside of the houses, in a typical Mediterranean way.

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