Welcome to our gallery featuring the astounding A&A House by Work of Architects also known as WoARCHITECTS!
Located in Glyka Nera, Athens, Greece, this residence is a marvelous sight to see from the exterior to the interior.
The project was lead by architect Aris Giannopoulos and structural engineer Alexis Papadimas, with lighting design by CPLD and photography by Ioanna Roufopoulou.
This home is developed over three levels: the basement, first floor, and second floor. The entire house revolves around the central point of the courtyard/pool area in an ‘L’ shape.
The ground floor, through the extensive use of glass, offers a transparency that unifies the indoor and outdoor spaces, blurring the lines between. The first floor houses the living spaces of the house – living room, kitchen, dining room – all looking out over the courtyard.
The outer courtyard is surrounded by the thick stone wall. The position of this wall is very important as it protects the house from harsh northern winds in the wintertime. Running along one side of the courtyard and opening up into the kitchen is a small outdoor eating and prep area.
The second floor is created from a concrete shell, broken only by a few windows and recessed spaces. The unique texture afforded to the house by the design structure allows it to stand out from the neighboring buildings.
The second floor houses the sleeping areas of the house: 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, as well as a small balcony off the master bedroom that can be seen below.
Color and lighting plays a huge part in the overall design of this house. The main floor flows from warm shades at one end to cool shades at the other and transitions though display of light and accent colors that create a stunning palette throughout the house.
We hope that you enjoy this masterpiece of the light design and functionality!
From the exterior, the three levels of this house create a striking visual against the surrounding backdrop. Stone walls crafted of locally sourced stones surround the house, allowing for privacy and creating great contrast against the exposed concrete and black walls used in the rest of the house design.
Here the side of the house leading to the entrance can better be seen. The warm hues of the stone create a great backdrop for the sparse but vibrant landscaping around the house.
The second story is entirely constructed of thin slabs of exposed concrete, giving it a rough texture that creates a very unique and interesting visual design.
The balcony on the second level has a small garden area that is obscured by the black screen in this picture. The second floor houses the three bedrooms located in the house.
The garden area of the balcony has a few small bushes and offers a private sitting area just off the master bedroom. The roof is open to the air but the side wall shelters it from the wind.
Here you can better see the overall construction of the second floor’s concrete slabs. The entire exterior of the level is structured like this, creating a protective shell of privacy. This contrasts the open feel of the first level and its extensive use of glass.
Bold yellow address numbers on the exterior of the house create a fun but structured look to the facade.
Floating stairs add to the contrast of the exterior of the house. These stairs lead up to the recessed front door along the side of the house between the driveway and the wall.
Here is a better view of the main entrance to the house with the floating stairs. The recession on the second floor is a visual mark for the front door but is also comprised of two walls of windows, ensuring that the second floor gets plenty of light.
The modern styled wooden front door, with a charming and colorful rag rug, hides the entrance to the house. Nearly all the materials used in the house can be seen in this small alcove.
The front door, seen to the left, leads right into the main living area of the house situated on the first floor. A couple steps down take you into the lower living room with a built in sectional couch in chocolate brown and gorgeous wood floors. The stone from the exterior of the house can be seen again in the living room creating an accent wall surrounded by windows.
The creative acrylic rocking chairs in the living room create both function and a fun visual to the room that allows the exterior courtyard and pool to be the focal point of the area.
The white walls of the interior space allow the colors of the space to pop against the walls. This view of the inside of the house shows off the stairs leading up to the second level. Their industrial construction of steel beams and wood matching the living room floor brings the materials up into the rest of the house.
Smooth, treated concrete floors create the raised area of the main floor. This area extends into the other sections of the living space like the kitchen and dining areas.
Here is a close up of the interior stairs and their steel and wood construction. The warm wood looks striking against the black of the steel supports. In the background you can see the dining area and the pool.
The open kitchen is modern and streamlined all done up in shades of gray, bright spring green, and stainless steel. Part of the dining room can be seen here opening right into the kitchen space.
Just outside the kitchen is the BBQ area of the open air courtyard. A small eating area and an outdoor prep area can be seen in the background. In the foreground it is small patch of patterned tiles surrounded by rocks that make up an outdoor shower for the pool.
The outdoor sink and prep area continues the spring green theme from the kitchen utilizes the black material used around the exterior of the house. A prep sink that can also double as a garden sink and work area completes the counter.
Pictured here in the master bedroom of the second floor sleeping quarters. The wood floor from the living room is used throughout this floor and it complemented by the warm hues of the bed linens. Black walls and while accents allow this bright warm colors to pop.
The attached bathroom to the master suite looks out over the garden area of the balcony and offers privacy to the occupants. A bathtub and small bench a featured in this particular corner.
A dual vanity takes up the other side of the bathroom. Square white sinks contrast the dark walls and concrete ceiling of the room. The long mirror helps to break up the space even more.
The living area of the house revolves around this courtyard and pool area. Here you can see the pool coming right up to the walls of the house and a small sitting area just outside the living room.
Looking over the pool and back into the living room, recessed lighting under the floating couch becomes apparent. This feature highlights the beautiful colors of the floor and adds an ambient glow to the room.
Windows make up most of the interior walls of the house and give the space a very open but connected feel. The lighting of the house was very carefully chosen to add to rooms and highlight certain features.
This view from the couch looking out into the rest of the house and out over the pool int the rest of the courtyard is a very relaxing and calming sight. The transition of colors from the yellow light of the living room to the blue light of the pool to the green highlights in the kitchen is a very cool visual effect.
The acrylic chairs make an appearance again in the dining area, this time with mismatched bases. From this angle you can see the wall of shelves built into the space and filled with plenty of storage areas.
Looking out to the rest of the house, you can see the subtle details used throughout the house. The black & white photo printed placemats on the table and the interior of the pendant lights with their hidden photos are just a couple of these details.
The illuminated interior of the house creates quite a striking sight when viewed from the courtyard or pool. The ends up being quite the display of color transitions.
The kitchen, dining area, and outdoor eating area can all be viewed, lit up for a special visual treat. Even one of the open spaces on the second floor can be viewed here, aglow from the inside.
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