Π House (Farangas House)

Π House (Farangas House)

Architect
React Architects
Location
Paros Island, Farangas Area, Greece | View Map
Project Year
2010
Category
Private Houses
Dimitris Kalapodas

Vacation House On Paros Island – Cyclades – Farangas House

React Architects as Architects

The plot is located at the island of Paros in the Cyclades. It has orientation in the big side South-western with view to the sea. The project concerns a summer house with hostels and a pool. The place of the residence is to benefit of the view to the Aegean Sea. The houses volumes are placed on a Π shaped layout with a central courtyard as according to traditional prototypes.


The central courtyard organises the operations, creating a central core in direct report to the uses around it. Using the elements of the Cycladic Architecture, we designed a building that is adjusted to the landscape, split in different levels. In this way the adaptation of the building to the landscape is harmonious and the volume of the central residence is the least possible. The building from the eastern side is almost entirely adjusted to the ground. The architecture is subjugated in the landscape and at the same time is using the intense Cycladic light to elect a particular morphology using as background the arid landscape and the endless blue.


The house has references in the archetypal models of dwelling, with a modern certain output. In the interior the lack of bisector walls and the complete absence of elements such as curtains that would hide the light create a disposal of absolute freedom. Built by simple materials, plaster in white colour, floorings and bathrooms by poured material, the house is distinguished by austerity and simplicity in lines.  The water and his light blue sense are present with the swimming-pool, around which exterior spaces unfolds and views to the west and the sea. A space that submits its own pace, dictated by the light and air depending on the day and the season.


ZOOM IN

Houses in Greek islands, known as Cyclades – the name refers to the islands around (κυκλoς) the sacred island of Delos, have a very distinct architecture that is caracterised by the following elements.


Adaptation to the landscape, minimal presence of the buildings, simple cubistic forms, interaction with natural elements. More specifically the way the buildings interact with the presence of light creating thick shadows reshaping the volumes. Those elements inspired Le Corbusier on his Journey to Greece.


“The wonderful play of light on volumes makes architecture”

Le Corbusier, Swiss architect, designer, urbanist, writer and painter


Thus the absence of modern design techniques and materials is being replaced by the minimum presence of architecture. What is hidden and discreet becomes part of the arid nature and makes itself apparent through shadow and light.


Stone walls and white plastered volumes create the canvas on which the architecture is exposed to light and nature. The idea of creating a dwelling that submerges to the topology is achieved by placing the building on the east side so that the roof becomes an extension of the land and the view of the passerby is unobstructed. The impact on the land is the least possible and the building becomes integrated in the landscape.

Featured Projects
Latest Products
News
Poppodium Nieuwe Nor offers a new landmark and hub for new music in the Netherlands
29 Jun 2022 News
Poppodium Nieuwe Nor offers a new landmark and hub for new music in the Netherlands

  In the city center Of Heerlen, Poppodium Nieuwe Nor by diederendirrix is a unique new landma... More

Izar Houses in Mexico celebrate the natural landscape, light, and rainfall
29 Jun 2022 News
Izar Houses in Mexico celebrate the natural landscape, light, and rainfall

On a steep site in Mexico, Izar Houses by Taller ADG Alonso de Garay pay exceptional attention to en... More

25 best architecture firms in Madrid
27 Jun 2022 News
25 best architecture firms in Madrid

Madrid is a center of gravity for European architecture. Spain’s capital city is host to an am... More

Lviv’s Radio Garage offers an experimental space for temporary exhibitions with a focus on radio, sound art, VR-art, and interactive media
25 Jun 2022 News
Lviv’s Radio Garage offers an experimental space for temporary exhibitions with a focus on radio, sound art, VR-art, and interactive media

In Lviv, Radio Garage is a media art centre and an experimental gallery for temporary exhibitions wi... More

Urban infill project Manifesto Market Andel activates an underutilized gap in Prague’s urban fabric
25 Jun 2022 News
Urban infill project Manifesto Market Andel activates an underutilized gap in Prague’s urban fabric

Located in Prague’s Andel District, Manifesto Market Andel is an urban infill project activati... More

Amsterdam’s iconic Droogbak building transformed into a 21st-century office space for a prestigious law firm
24 Jun 2022 News
Amsterdam’s iconic Droogbak building transformed into a 21st-century office space for a prestigious law firm

An iconic 19th-century building next to Amsterdam Central Station, Droogbak has been transformed int... More

Renovated hacienda-style villa in Belgium respects its history while exploring form and materials
24 Jun 2022 News
Renovated hacienda-style villa in Belgium respects its history while exploring form and materials

House VD-B by Graux & Baeyens architecten is a renovated hacienda-style villa in Evergem, Belgiu... More

Landmark urban renewal project comes to the heart of Bruges with the completion of The Bruges Meeting & Convention Centre (BMCC)
22 Jun 2022 News
Landmark urban renewal project comes to the heart of Bruges with the completion of The Bruges Meeting & Convention Centre (BMCC)

In the heart of the historic city of Bruges, The Bruges Meeting & Convention Centre (BMCC) is a... More