kapsimalis sets two brutalist holiday houses on the edge of santorini's cliffs

kapsimalis sets two brutalist holiday houses on the edge of santorini's cliffs

located on the top of the volcanic caldera cliffs, santorini, greece, the two holiday houses design by kapsimalis architects face a dreamlike view northwest to the sea and the volcano. each consisting of a living room, a dining area, a kitchen and a bedroom with a bathroom, the residences feature a linear swimming pool laying along the edge of the rock.




the clean-cut artificial structure, that is placed on the natural terrain, opposes to the plasticity and randomness of the volcanic landscape, however, it interacts dynamically with the surroundings.



the southeastern part of kapsimalis‘ villas incorporates the entrance — between two geometric walls — to a common patio, which leads to the two entrances of the houses. the ground floor and the basement are linked by external and internal staircases.



the heart of the two residences is the inner patio, serving as a meeting and communication place and a continuity of the interior. the main axis of movement passes through the patio and links the entrance in the back of the plot with the interior space of the houses, ending up to the volcano view.



the brutalist presence of the building in its landscape is strengthened by the selection of its materials — fair-faced concrete, industrial cement on the floors and dark grey wooden frames in the openings complete the material palette. mediterranean planting is combined with wild bushes, existing in the dry volcanic landscape.


designboom has received this project from our ‘DIY submissions‘ feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication. see more project submissions from our readers here.


edited by: maria erman | designboom

    have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.
    all comments are reviewed for the purposes of moderation before publishing.

    comments policy
    LOG IN
    designboom's comment policy guidelines
    generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
    the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

    what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
    let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

    - please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
    - please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
    - please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
    - please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
    - please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
    (there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
    in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
    the best 100-200 entries too.)

    a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.


    a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

    architecture news

    keep up with our daily and weekly stories
    492,670 subscribers
    - see sample
    - see sample