At the top of Cape Koutoulos, leaning against the rock of the mountain, the Vacation House in Livadia was made of earth and stone materials, with the aim of integrating the building with nature. Protected from the north wind, the tall residence faces south towards the West Cretan Sea. The solid L-shaped wall made of stone, a continuation of the mountain, defines the layout of all interior spaces. The two clear volumes, one of which houses the living room, kitchen, and dining room and the other one houses the bedroom functions, are connected by a long semi-open living space that starts from the rock and ends on a raised floating platform between mountain and sea. In the design where the earth, sky, and sea meet, exposed concrete on the floors, earth-colored clay coating on the walls, rusty metal, natural wood on the pergolas and local natural stone on the façade are among the basic materials used. The open-air dining and seating area on a platform, as well as the semi-open area with an open barbecue and fireplace, offer users a comfortable lifestyle and contribute to dialogue with nature.
Architectural Design: PALY Architects
Building Date: 2019
Area: 216 sqm
Location: Livadia, Greece
Photography: George Anastasakis
Natural Stone: Local natural stone