On a plot outside the village of Gavalochori, there was an existing shell with the masonry finished. We were asked to intervene as much as possible in the architectural design of the building and then to build it.
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The major drawback we encountered in the house plans was that the interior masonry that had already been built in conjunction with the several and erratically placed corridors, caused confusion and the feeling that the house was much smaller than it actually was.We tried to solve the problem by moving some areas with ancillary uses, such as toilets and storage rooms , from the center of the building to its perimeter and replacing some masonry with glass walls. In this way, by making "transparent" some spaces and walls, it became possible from the center of the house, the view to the boundaries of the building and now the perception of the size of the building is given to the user.
This effort was intensified by the placement in the center of the building, of an open fireplace, which supplies heating through air ducts to the spaces that the couple uses daily.The use of underfloor heating and cooling system of low consumption, the avoidance of use of air conditioning installation, the use of special energy aluminum frames and large thickness of external thermal facade as well as the creation of a planted roof, combined with electricity generation through photovoltaic panels, allow zero energy consumption making it energy "transparent".
Exterior of the building was designed and constructed with a surrounding area with a swimming pool, parking spaces, meditation area and outdoor seating. Rocks were placed in the area and all the pre-existing trees in the area were saved.