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Residence in Messinia

Set on a six-acre plot amidst olive groves and cypress trees, just meters away from Chrysi Akti, a four kilometers long sandy coastline in Messinia, in western Peloponnese, the residence is designed with the intention to take full advantage of its privileged location and the region’s climatic conditions.
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The villa offers complete immersion into the verdant landscape and is composed of two distinct volumes, one vertically placed on top of the other, that together form a T shape. The upper volume seems to be floating despite its heavy mass and comprises the primary bedroom with en suite bathroom and a spacious terrace.
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At the same time, the upper volume covers the outdoor dining and lounge areas below providing shade throughout the day. Enhanced with an infinity pool, this area is conceived as a seamless extension of the garden and the adjacent indoor spaces.
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An additional 4-bedroom unit is created below the ground with its only visible side facing the Ionian Sea. Two inner gardens are placed between the rooms allowing for cross-ventilation and activating the indoors with nature.
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The architectural design merges various ways of filtering the sunlight and aims at establishing a play between privacy and exposure. The perforated wall at the back of the building doubles as a porous border between the house and the street. The sliding wooden screens that create a warm embrace around the glass shell of the primary bedroom are also used in the lower level to separate the patios of each bedroom and offer isolation.
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The concrete pergola shading the exposed terrace allows for dappled light to filter through, hence providing a serene and peaceful environment.
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The thoughtful use of iroko wood, combined with the earthy tones of the terrazzo floors and the locally-sourced stones that cover the exterior walls, together aim at providing a sense of calm and a grounded serenity to the end user.
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Location: Messinia, Peloponnese, Greece
Client: Private
Status: Completed
Date: 2021
Architectural Design: wip architects, Christos Vlachos
Interior Design: Block 722
Landscape Design: Outside Landscape Architecture
Construction: Detale Architecture & Engineering
Photography: George Fakaros

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