The summer residence is located on the outskirts of the traditional village of Pyrgos in Santorini.The building is placed on a mild sloping plot surrounded by vineyards and facing the southwestpart of the island and the Aegean sea.
The building is a single residence which can be divided into three separate houses each with itsown private outdoor space. The ground floor consists of the main sitting-dining room, the mainkitchen, two bedrooms, a bathroom and a secondary kitchenette. Three bedrooms with theirbathrooms can be found on the upper floor while in the basement there are supportivestorage/bathroom and garage spaces.
The main idea of the design was the the formation of an artificial monolithic rock, diligentlystanding on a random spot of the landscape, eroded by the time and natural elements. Thebuilding is the result of the subtraction of mass from that conceivable solid form. Parts of theremaining mass turn in different angles of orientation, elsewhere are split, leaving semi-open andoutdoor passages between them. Fragments of the monolithic synthesis are placed as tracingslike the retaining walls of the exterior planted yards. The architectural form of the residence hasalso references from the traditional Santorinian vaulted roofs, the old fortification towers outsidethe old castles of the island and the metallic cantilevers used in the old pumice quarries, all piecesof the architectural history of the island, subtly combined and embedded in the monolithicstructure.
The bearing structure of the building has been made by reinforced concrete. Local black stone,bricks and thermal insulation have been used for the walls, as also colored earthy plaster for thecoatings and the exterior floors. White color plaster and white mosaic for the interior surfaces.Natural wood, marble, rusty steel, cement plaster and clay are used to the built/handmadeinterior & exterior furniture. Mediterranean plants and cactus complete the integration of thebuilding in the landscape.