Linear Habitat


Architects:  Pyliotis Konstantinos, Pyliotis Alkiviadis

Collaborating Architect:  Kouloumenta Chrysothemi

3D Visualization:  Petropoulos Andreas

Model:  Georgakas Fotis

Photographer:  Theofilopoulos Konstantinos 


Project Type:  Residential - Private House
Location:  Mani, Messinia, Greece
Area:  380 m^2
Project Year:  2019 



“The labyrinth is not only that intricate form that can entrap us forever, but a single and precise straight line.”

                                                                                                                                                                      Jorge Luis Borges

On a stone mountain slope, above the sea in Southern Greece, a three house complex was designed for a family. The steep slope of the plot, the view towards the sea, the orientation, and the century old history of the place, along with the ascetic spirit were some of the most fundamental factors that shaped the architecture of this project. 

The design seeks to achieve, with the minimal intervention to the natural landscape, a structure that is born from the ground and creates the qualities of the mediterranean living; the inside - the outside - the in-between. At the same time, it creates all the necessary levels of privacy that a home requires. The synthetic intentions of the project could be described with 4 distinct gestures.

1. The design of a perfectly linear cut that minimizes excavation and interference with the natural terrain.

2. The design of a structural system made of prisms and walls along the cut, carved from the same stone of the excavation, in accordance with the architecture and scale of the historical settlements of the area.

3. The design of the entrance, antithetical to the linear structure, much like a lighthouse inviting you to enter a spiral downhill course. A game of hiding and revealing the view. A game of light and shadow that expands the concept of the threshold into a transitional experience.

4. The design of a single linear slab that houses all uses, indoor and outdoor, in order to protect and create the necessary living conditions. 

Finally, this architectural approach attempts, with the very same material of the land, to include all uses in an absolute straight line. With the least bit of effort and work, it seeks to meet the labyrinth of spatial needs of the modern human, all the while remaining faithful to the spirit of the minimal and absolute necessary shaped this land over the centuries.