nikos mourikis' olive and stone residence in greece captured by pygmalion karatzas

nikos mourikis' olive and stone residence in greece captured by pygmalion karatzas

somewhere on the outskirts of aigion town, greece, there is a private residence designed by nikos mourikis in earthy-colored materials and covered with freestyle masonry. photographer pygmalion karatzas captured the house hiding amid surrounding olive trees.

exterior view from the southern side



the area is characterized by scattered permanent and holiday houses with the predominant chromatic feature of the olive grove as we can see at the karatzas’ photographs. the longitudinal side of the residence is placed facing north, separating the day and night living zones with two distinct floors.

exterior view from NW side



auxiliary spaces are placed in the semi-basement due to the 18% site slope and the main atrium/terrace of the house is placed within the volumetric composition. the pitched roof and the composite construction from reinforced concrete and stone follow the earthly colors of the olive grove landscape.

exterior view from the western side



a robust construction is filled with distinct volumes, leaving a large opening for the residents to visually interact with the surrounding nature and open vistas and connect the mountains on the south with the sea on the north. the cantilever elements are also placed within the volumetric envelope providing shades and protection from the wind.

exterior view of the main double-height veranda


exterior view of western veranda overlooking the corinthian bay


detail view of veranda canopy


detail view of southern wall masonry


detail view of veranda’s free-standing canopy overlooking the corinthian bay


interior view of the living room


interior view of the staircase


interior view of the upper-level master bedroom and playroom/office space


interior view of master bedroom’s bathroom


project info:


name: olive and stone residence

type: single-family residence

architect: nikos mourikis

structural engineer: nikos mourikis

construction management: nikos mourikis

location: panorama, achaea greece

built area: 260 sq.m.

plot area: 10.000 sq.m.

design date: 2016-17

construction date: 2017-18

client: michalis katsimpiris

photography: pygmalion karatzas

photoshoot date: march 2018


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edited by: maria erman | designboom

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