volcanic rock-like forms and earthy tones build kapsimalis architects' house in santorini

volcanic rock-like forms and earthy tones build kapsimalis architects' house in santorini

 

kapsimalis architects realizes volcanic rock residence

 

Following up on their volcanic rock residential concept, Kapsimalis Architects has now realized the Monolithus holiday home within the picturesque village of Finikia, in Santorini. Spanning 20 meters in length and 20 meters in width, the ‘man-made monolith’ settles peacefully, as a volcanic rock that has been shaped by the elements of nature, mostly by the sea and the wind. The result sees a four-bedroom dwelling with an open configuration, lush Mediterranean gardens, and protected terraces with swimming pools

volcanic rock-like forms and earthy tones build kapsimalis architects' house in santorini

all images by Yiorgos Kordakis

 

 

ever-changing earthy materiality

 

Kapsimalis Architects (see more here) describes Monolithus as an ‘artificial massive stone’ whose architecture was conceived based on the idea of natural erosion. In other words, the volumetry appears as a pre-existing stone that was gradually worn away by the air and the water. This resulted in the creation of solid masses and voids — an enclosed living environment with various outdoor living spaces. Nevertheless, the perceived size of the monolith is preserved.

 

The holes that have been carved on the surface of Monolithus frame the natural surroundings, while drawing light into the heart of the home. The skin of the rock is created as a mixture of soil and cement, and as time passes, it changes color and texture to blend harmoniously into the surroundings. In the bright light of summer, the structure appears whitish and soft, while under gloomy cloudy skies, it takes a brownish hue. Within the interior, the perception of that earthy materiality changes not only due to the alternations of daylight but also due to the presence of artificial lighting.

volcanic rock-like forms and earthy tones build kapsimalis architects' house in santorini

 

 

open configuration and handmade furniture

 

The interior of the rocky shelter is planned as a fluid environment comprised of living rooms, dining areas, and spaces for relaxation and sanitation, all housed under the main unit and two guesthouses. This layout offers direct connections to the exterior yards and patios, opening toward panoramic views of the Aegean Sea, as well as the natural surroundings filled with cacti. Last but not least, an attic settles on the top of the residence under a vaulted roof, leading to a sunken terrace that serves as a tranquil observatory. 

 

Under the harsh summer sun, guests can relax on the patios and use the small pools to keep cool. Since the monolithic residence is surrounded by wild spiky Mediterranean plants, they are able to stay protected while on the perimeter of the residence. Pieces of primitive, handmade furniture, made from various materials like concrete, black stone, marble, wood, iron, velvet, clay, and glass, are placed throughout the residence, both in the interior and exterior spaces. 

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volcanic rock-like forms and earthy tones build kapsimalis architects' house in santorini

volcanic rock-like forms and earthy tones build kapsimalis architects' house in santorini

volcanic rock-like forms and earthy tones build kapsimalis architects' house in santorini

volcanic rock-like forms and earthy tones build kapsimalis architects' house in santorini

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