Architecture: Gem Architects
“We owe to the fields that our houses will not be the inferiors of the virgin land they have replaced. We owe it to the worms and the trees that the buildings we cover them with will stand as promises of the highest and most intelligent kinds of happiness.”
Alain de Botton
We are interested in reading about topos, the specific landscape, and nature. We believe in buildings that relate to their environment and emerge from it, creating new structures and new ways of comprehending space. We try through the form and functionality of our buildings to envelop the people living in them with directness, poetics, and optimism.
This summer house of 170 m2 is situated in Naousa, on the island of Paros. The house’s white volumes are structural and remain simple and cubic. They follow the voids and masses of the neighboring buildings, proliferating from the views to the sea.
They evolve around the swimming pool and the interior “protected” courtyard, the microcosm of the house. Exterior space flows in a spiral way from the ground floor courtyard to the terrace on the top with a magnificent view of the sea and the town of Naousa.
The house works in a twofold manner with its main facade on the street becoming a cinema screen during the night where the wind creates a mute choreography of the shadows of the plants projected, a perception of space through motion.