r.c. tech embeds summer house with viewing plateaus in greek landscape
 

r.c. tech embeds summer house with viewing plateaus in greek landscape

situated on the top of a hill in the northern part of kythera island in greece, r.c. tech has designed the ‘m&c house‘ as a summer retreat for a french couple. the building consists of two main volumes, whose additive succession comes in line with the local vernacular, where time and continuous changes of the inhabitants’ needs are reflected in the volumetric arrangement of the houses.

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guest house

all images by athina souli

 

 

each of the two volumes created by r.c. tech represents a separate unit. the main volume, with a surface of 140 m², faces north and contains the main residence; the supplementary one, with a surface of 50 m², faces south and serves as a guest house for the occasionally visiting friends and relatives. the connection between them is made through the main sheltered courtyard, generating a focal point in the outdoor spaces. around the enclosed areas,  supplementary attached courtyards open towards the horizon and provide protected outdoor living areas.

 

 

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aerial view

 

 

the ruins in the northern border of the plot form a plateau where one can enjoy the immediate, unobstructed sea views. this space also serves as a starting point to a circular walk passing through the different levels of the 17-acre property, formed by dry stone walls. the reference and respect to the local building traditions is evident in the treatment of the surfaces, as well as in the interior design selections. the exterior side of the walls is rendered in a white textured plaster, an artisanal technique locally known as ‘sardelaki’. 

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kitchen

 

 

concurrently, the building volumes are connected through the warm toned surfaces found in rough treated wood pergolas. the desired serenity and seclusion for the interiors is reflected in the selection of soft tactile surfaces and matching, light color tonalities. the vistas of the faraway coast of the peloponnese are framed through carefully located openings, enhancing the building’s connection to the unique mediterranean landscape.

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living room

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evening view

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back courtyard

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sea-side vistas

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hillside view

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central courtyard

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shutter array

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white rendered wall ‘sardelaki’

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back courtyard

 

 

project info:

 

name: m&c house
architecture office: r.c. tech
architectural design team: nassos chamilothoris, giannis douridas, ilias kyriazis, anastasia papadopoulou dimitra stathopoulou
structural design:
markos douridas
mechanical design: giannis skiadas 
construction team: vassilis douridas, manos vassilakis
lighting design: foss
plot size: 17000 m²
house area: 200 m²

 

 

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edited by: myrto katsikopoulou | designboom

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