The house is located in the southeastern coast of Lipsi. The plot has an intense inclination and ends up in a private small beach. Our design approach was to create a house fully integrated in the surrounding environment with absolute respect to the island’s formal legislation and informal, intangible heritage.
The building’s volumes are separated in two different levels, following the slope’s inclination. On the first level the communal living spaces and an autonomous bedroom with it’ s bathroom is placed. All these spaces delineate a semicircle that inscribes the main house’s yard. An open space, with a 180° view to the open sea, a space that was always focal in the Mediterranean way of living. A wide pergola is placed at the lowest part of the courtyard were the family can sit, eat, and relax during the daytime. On the level below two more autonomous bedrooms with their bathrooms are placed. Each of them can have its own privacy but also communicate with the other parts of the house. The material’s differentiation in the two levels (stone at the low part and light-colored mortar at the top part) aim in the integration of the lowest part of the house with the ground, in order to diminish the total house volume.