couvelas architects erects the house of the winds in santorini
 
couvelas architects erects the house of the winds in santorini
dec 08, 2013

couvelas architects erects the house of the winds in santorini

‘house of the winds’ by couvelas architects, santorini, greece
image © agnes couvelas
all images courtesy of couvelas architects

 

 

 

greek practice couvelas architects has recently shared with us on of their residential projects, the ‘house of the winds’, located atop a high cliff on the island of santorini. the structure itself is built in the local hyposkapha tradition, dugout houses made from the earth iconic to the island. the gently tapering walls thrust into the sky providing unobstructed views of the akrotiri settlement below and the caldera to the north. strong windshave informed much of the design, placing the majority of the mass to the north made up of solid surfaced and funnel-like shapes to deflect the wind from the exterior portion of the home that connects to a semi-detached kitchen. the thick exterior envelope allows openings to be fashioned in an abstracted ronchamp-esque style that further emphasizes the seemingly carved  forms from the pointed rocky terrain. a stout structure, the architecture continues the vernacular aesthetic in the modern age, slowly allowing time to show the true weathering of the material as much of the buildings on the island.

 

 

couvelas architects erects the house of the winds in santorini
image © francesco jodice

 

 

couvelas architects erects the house of the winds in santorini
rooftop
image © francesco jodice

 

 

couvelas architects erects the house of the winds in santorini
view from the deck
image © agnes couvelas

 

 

couvelas architects erects the house of the winds in santorini
view from above the wooden pergola
image © agnes couvelas

 

 

couvelas architects erects the house of the winds in santorini
exterior patio between the kitchen and living areas
image © francesco jodice

 

 

couvelas architects erects the house of the winds in santorini
image © agnes couvelas

 

 

couvelas architects erects the house of the winds in santorini
carved openings help block the wind
image © francesco jodice

 

 

couvelas architects erects the house of the winds in santorini
living room
image © francesco jodice

 

 

 

couvelas architects erects the house of the winds in santorini

couvelas architects erects the house of the winds in santorini
floor plan / level 0

 

 

couvelas architects erects the house of the winds in santorini
floor plan / level 1

 

 

couvelas architects erects the house of the winds in santorini
sections

 

 

couvelas architects erects the house of the winds in santorini
facade sketch

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