Earthy tones and pure textures characteristic on this nature-informed vacation dwelling, which Athens studio Block722 has organized down a mountainside in Crete.
Named O Lofos, or The Hill, the vacation house is situated within the foothills of Mount Thryptis, a mountain on the jap facet of the Greek island, and is designed by Block722 to mix in with the encircling panorama.
“The mountain and the ocean are such robust parts of this place,” Block722 informed Dezeen.
“They’re very dominating and also you perceive that it’s important to respect them and intervene in a humble method,” it continued. “So our design of this home is an ode to this reverent relationship between nature and structure.”
Comprising a predominant residence together with two guesthouses and enormous outside areas, O Lofos is organized throughout 4 interconnected volumes topped with roof gardens that assist the house disappear into the hillside.
In response to the positioning’s steep slope, the blocks of the house sit on two completely different ranges set inside a staggered outside house.
“The inspiration behind the various ranges derived from our robust need to create one thing discreet and respectful to its environment,” added the studio.
“We needed to take care of a particularly steep terrain, situated on the prime of a hill, and the one strategy to negotiate the angle of the positioning and have minimal affect on the pure panorama was by the degrees.”
A stepped panorama comprised of marble slabs sits on the entrance of the positioning and extends by voids across the dwelling, performing as planters and stepping stones. This marble landscaping additionally results in an angular infinity pool on the different finish of the positioning that’s ignored by a veranda.
Connecting the outside ranges, a marble staircase runs between the 2 guesthouses and offers entry to the primary vacation dwelling.
On the prime of the staircase, the primary residence at O Lofos is cut up throughout two buildings related by a semi-outdoor house. It comprises a bed room, lounge, eating room and toilet, and options giant home windows that body beneficiant views of the encircling nature.
“The truth that the home is constructed on the mountainside led us to orient the completely different elements of the home in the direction of both the protecting and dramatic vertical mountain or in the direction of the horizontal opening in the direction of the ocean,” stated the studio.
Impartial and nature-informed finishes and furnishings, together with beige plaster and wood cupboards, are utilized in each the inside and exterior areas, together with uncovered supplies that showcase pure textures. Many of the furnishings is custom-made by native craftsmen utilizing marble, wooden, terrazzo and stone – forming a bespoke assortment that Block722 has named Anata.
Artworks and sculptures are additionally dotted all through, together with a plaster sculpture by Greek artist Pantelis Chandris that sits inside the lounge wall and was knowledgeable by the Cretan panorama.
Primarily based in Athens, structure studio Block722 was based in 2009 by architect Sotiris Tsergas and inside designer Katja Margaritoglou.
Different Greek vacation houses lately featured on Dezeen embrace a monolithic Santorini villa designed by Kapsimalis Architects and a whitewashed stone dwelling on Mykonos by Ok-studio.
The images is by Ana Santl.