krak. architects introduces ‘casa odyssia’, a leisure residence situated within the island of corfu, in greece. settling on a verdant landscape at an altitude of 250 meters, the concrete dwelling emerges from the ground to accommodate its occupant as a modern odysseus.

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‘casa odyssia’ by krak. architects grows like a seed on the ground, by finding space among the surrounding trees and rocks, looking for ideal positioning and orientation. the synthesis develops around a central pillar, which refers to the sporadic outbursts of cypress trees, and turns south-east, opening towards the vast horizon.

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all the elements of the project, made of raw concrete, meet on the site between the olive trees and the stones, creating spaces, boundaries, and views, in a logic of endless movement. the scale, the simple geometries, the materiality, provides a visual weight to the building and contribute to a doric character. the house covers an area of 142 sqm, with the possibility of expansion.

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featuring a series of large openings, the dwelling becomes one with the landscape, with its areas functioning as a semi-outdoor terraces during the summer months. meanwhile, a circular section bathes the living area with plenty of natural sunlight, and an interesting play of light and shadow is created. 

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‘casa odyssia’ seeks to serve as a station of rest, meditation, hospitality; as a rescue raft to save occupants from urban life. in addition, the project intends to inspire the habitant to search for his own personal ithaca. ‘only then, the concrete blocks are transformed into a home with spatial qualities, with reason and with a dream’ lead architect konstantinos stathopoulos shares. ‘casa odyssia’ has been selected amongst the best designs in the 10th biennale of young greek architects organized by the hellenic institute of architecture.

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project info:

 

name: casa odyssia
architecture office: konstantinos stathopouloskrak. architects
lead architect: konstantinos stathopoulos
development: C3 chalikiopoulos corfu constructions
location: corfu, ionian sea, greece

 

 

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edited by: myrto katsikopoulou | designboom