Private Residence on Apollonos Street in Kefalari_2018
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Private Residence on Apollonos Street in Kefalari_2018

Photo Credits: Giorgos Sfakianakis

 

The volumes of this private residence are the result of three consecutive foldings, which embrace the main spaces of the Villa and assist the composition both in turning smoothly around the corner and in climbing the gentle slope, in Kifissia, one of the northern suburbs of Athens.

Folding #1 encloses the living room and the double-height dinning space, which meet at a sharp corner. Folding #2 encloses the master bedroom and offers a shelter for the outer space of the top floor office. Folding #3 encloses the bedrooms for the three young sons of the family. Furthermore, the strict white surfaces of the three foldings engage in a dialogue with the dark gray semi-transparent metal filter towards the south and the west, offering privacy and shade. This layer, made out of vertical rectangular aluminum bars, functions almost as an outer partial shell situated in two levels: the ground one protects from sight and the upper one protects from sun.

Folding #2 is completely blind towards the street indicating the main entrance of the villa. The path beneath it leads to the interior and cuts the villa in two pieces: when entering one has an unobstructed view through the house towards the atrium, while walking next to the water.

Finally, Folding #1 may have lost its propriety when it decided to tilt its internal side forming a sharp corner with tension, nevertheless it is now able to steer sight towards the view when inside and most importantly to make that annoying electric pillar at the corner of the two streets disappear.

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