James’ House is going to host a 3-member family with its guests. The property is located in a L-shaped site, of 1010m2 area and 36% slope. The limitations due to the site geometry became the basis on which our concept was structured.
The site inclination led to the development of the programme at 3 different levels; at the 1st level the entrance, a guest room and the parking area are found, at the 2nd one the bedrooms and at the 3rd one the main house with the guest house. A volume with staircase and elevator penetrates and connects them all. Outdoor spaces of different qualities exist at each level offering various views of the surrounding area. The swimming pool is placed at the centre of the site, between the main and the guest house.
Additionally, we embodied qualities of the cycladic vernacular architecture in the project, such as the proportions of volumes and openings, the materiality and the picturesque lanes. White-stucco and stony volumes, orientated towards the views, are organized along a path, that resembles the twisting alleys of the island.