embedded house

The name aloni refers to a stone platform used for threshing wheat, an example of which was discovered and preserved adjacent to this house. Man's prehistoric taming of this harsh landscape for survival is reflected in the typology of this house. The dry stone walls that formed the terraces on steep Mediterranean slopes to retain water and make them suitable for cultivation, have been used here to define a living space on this apparently inhospitable hillside.

The Cycladic Islands now have a new destiny far removed from the subsistence farming of their past. Whilst most of the rest of the Islands in the Mediterranean have been butchered on the altar of tourism, this small holiday house squats almost invisibly between two hills in stark contrast to the faux vernacular so predominant elsewhere.

Situated in a valley sloping from East to West towards the sea, the building is embedded between two hills, and the dry stone retaining walls enable the landscape to flow over the dwelling. These same walls provide the thermal inertia and insulation that protect the house from it's harsh surroundings, whilst the 4 courtyards, apparently carved out of the earth, provide light, shade, views and passive heating in winter. The green roof insulates, retains water and provides the desired continuity within the landscape. A discrete, elegant, sustainable and eminently habitable intervention in a blasted landscape.

aloni House 237m2 2006-08 
37º02’12’’n 25º04’00’’e antiparos cyclades greece 

deca architecture
alexandros vaitsos
carlos loperena
lena zabeli
kyle gudsell
katerina chryssanthopoulou

rieta attali
ed reeve
julia klimi
deca architecture


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