Cross House

Cross House



The residence has been designed and it is being built on a steep mountain slope above the Pylos lagoon. The plot is oblong, with a southwest orientation and the entrance to the building is accessible only from the narrow southeast side.

The basic design principle was the design of two strong concrete intersecting axes - walls that traverse and organize the entire plot and are the structure of the building. At the same time, two parallel concrete slabs, slide harmoniously above these walls creating the necessary conditions for the living spaces.

The longitudinal axis assembles all motions while separating them from the central courtyard. The transverse axis separates the central living area from the private section of the residence (bedrooms, office room) both in the interior of the residence and in the courtyards. It also defines a protected, northern shady courtyard during the summer.

Throughout the designing, a huge emphasis was given to the relation between building and soil, and to the connection of the interior with the outdoors. As a result, the residence is structured on two levels with a height difference of 1.2m and, as such, the building is fully integrated in the soil morphology and the plot slope.

All spaces have immediate access to the natural environment, owing to the large sliding glazing systems that unify the interior with the courtyards, while the smooth transition from the inside to the outside space is ensured by large cantilever slabs that create intermediate spaces and ensure the necessary shading from the sun.

The view to the sea, despite being a fundamental element of synthesis, “is subjugated” to the two strong axes that either frame or hide the sea view in order to reveal it only when necessary.

The construction materials that have been used are the following ones: uncoated concrete, rough plaster, wood.


Technical Data

Architects: Pyliotis Konstantinos, Pyliotis Alkiviadis | Structural Engineer: Alkimos Papathanassiou _ EPILYSI | Mechanical Engineer: Sourilas Konstantinos (KNS engineering consultants) | 3D Visualization:  Aimilios Kourafas, Apostolis Kassios | Location: Pyla, Messinia, Greece | Area: 180 m2Project Year: 2014 | Project Type: Residential - Private House | Owners:  Alfredo Camaiora & Ivana Vezzoni | Status: Under Construction

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Completed Project