Ms. ZeinaAboukheir& Mr. Sammy Ketz
The project, located on the outskirts of Chora, the main village of Patmos which is protected bythe UNESCO World Heritage, complies with all the specific rules defined by the town planning authorities and the Ministry for Site and Monument Protection.
The house is situated below a ridge, overlooked by two small traditional churches on a very steep slope towards the Aegean Sea, and is exposed to the North wind (meltemi).
The concept was to maintain the lowest level of excavation and tofollow faithfully the relief and roll of the terrain.
The building consists of four self-contained volumes arranged as external extensions protected from the wind, looking out towards the sea and surrounding landscape, and is reminiscent of a small hamlet.
Furthermore, each outdoor space thus created can be adapted to specific moments of the day.
The construction is highly thermally insulated. The natural ventilation of the house has been studied to ensure freshness in summer. Rainwater is collected and guarantees autonomy.
The construction was carried out with the collaboration of local craftsmen whose dedication guaranteed the accuracy for the layout and its architectural quality.