Antiparos Katikia 2

VOIS architects · Antiparos Katikia 2
Photo by Yiorgos Kordakis

The house is located on a planar plot, surrounded by a rural environment of sparse, small scale buildings, intense natural vegetation and crops of olives and vines. The ruins of a farm house, which existed in the plot, formed the
basis for the new dwelling. The design focused on the reconstruction of the old house, preserving the traditional architecture and typology of the island of Antiparos.

VOIS architects · Antiparos Katikia 2
Photo by Yiorgos Kordakis

Following the above axes, with respect to the history of the house, the layout adapted to existing spaces. Particular attention was paid to the maintenance of individual elements such as recesses, built ovens and the preservation of proportions and dimensioning of spaces.

VOIS architects · Antiparos Katikia 2
Photo by Yiorgos Kordakis

The heights remained low, having a maximum internal height 2,40m and the thickness of walls reached 0,50 to 0,70m. These dimensions differentiate from the modern construction and can be easily correlated to human dimensions. On exterior surfaces, the dominant colors are the white of the raw plaster on the walls and the olive green chosen for the doors and windows.

VOIS architects · Antiparos Katikia 2
Photo by Yiorgos Kordakis

The building is placed on the north corner of the plot, and its volume looks solid, variating in height, according to the change or uses in the interior. With its back to the strong north wind, the house serves as a protective wall for the outdoor living spaces creating in the same time a U-shaped terrace around an olive tree. The consistent openings in the northern side achieve natural ventilation of premises.

VOIS architects · Antiparos Katikia 2
Photo by Yiorgos Kordakis

The interior spaces consist of two bedrooms, two bathrooms and an open space that functions as kitchen and living room. The functionality of spaces is characterised by a discontinuity, a characteristic which was common in traditional rural houses or else "katikies". Back then, the "katikia" consisted of small individual single space buildings, one fort every different function: living room - kitchen, laundry room, sheepfold, etc. The evolution was organic, in accordance with the alternating needs of the family and resulted from the addition of areas that where easier to build, with no interior access from the foregoing parts of the building. Most of the circulation was external. Following the above, one room has its own bathroom but no kitchen access and the other is in contact with the kitchen but outdoor access to the bathroom.

VOIS architects · Antiparos Katikia 2
Photo by Yiorgos Kordakis

In order to maintain the roughness and the plasticity of the final surface the wall were plastered completely by hand. As a floor surface, forged cement was used and white plaster for the walls. The frames follow the form of old ones and the doors function as "stable - doors", which open either in half or as a whole. Old marble sinks and custom made furniture adapted to the special dimensions of the house making into reality the coexistence of old and new.

VOIS architects · Antiparos Katikia 2
Photo by Yiorgos Kordakis

The house is characterized as simple, humble, rough. It is a building that remains close to the earth, respecting the landscape and embracing user. House and environment coexist in harmony and creating unique scenery in calmness that develops a simple lifestyle in direct contact with nature and basic needs.

VOIS architects · Antiparos Katikia 2
Photo by Yiorgos Kordakis

VOIS architects · Antiparos Katikia 2
Photo by Yiorgos Kordakis
VOIS architects · Antiparos Katikia 2
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