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Syros House

Designed by Myrto Miliou architects, The house is located in Syros, a plot of 0.40 hectares overlooking the traditional village and the sea. The architectural approach forms a critical dialogue between modern architectural thought and morphological features of Greece, and particularly of Syros.

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On the Cycladic island of Syros, a stone house is set into a steep hillside overlooking the Aegean Sea. The geometry of the building follows that of the landscape, mimicking the stone retaining walls typical of the Greek island. The owners currently use the house for vacations and plan to retire there. They wanted their collection of antiques—mainly late 19th and early 20th century items found in Greek and Turkish houses—to be integrated into the architecture.

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The 5,000-square-foot house is built on the boundary between a green, traditional settlement and a barren mountainside. Constructed of slate and marble stone excavated from the surrounding countryside, the structure consists of three vertically stacked single-story levels, with three guest rooms on the lower level, the master suite on the entry level, and kitchen, dining, living, and storage spaces above. Each level has access to the outdoors.

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The architects designed the house to relate to the landscape and make the most of the sculptural qualities of light. The rough shell’s exterior softens as one enters the building, where dimly lit hallways gradually lead to a brightly illuminated core.

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The house also minimizes energy use with planted roofs and thick stone walls that keep the house cool in the summer and warm in the winter. (The walls consist of 16-inch-thick masonry on the outside, two inches of insulation in the middle, and 3.5-inch-thick brick wall on the inside.) Rainwater is collected in a cistern for household use. The house was completed in March 2011.

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Myrto Miliou Architects:

The house is situated in the Cycladic island of Syros, in a property of 0.40 hectares with a view of the Aegean Sea. The architectural approach intended to form a dialogue between contemporary architecture and traditional Greek typology. Regional vernacular elements, such as the relationship of the building to the landscape, the sculptural qualities of light, the handmade stone masonry walls, were re-cast in modern terms. The geometry of the building follows that of the landscape, mimicking the stone retaining walls that characterize the Greek island landscape.

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The 400 square meter building is divided into several distinct volumes that are diagonally stacked, thus fitting seamlessly in the topography of the site. The use of the excavation stone for the construction makes the building further blend in with the surrounding countryside. Each volume of the house is one level high thus providing access to the outdoors from each space.

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Built on the boundary between a green, traditional settlement and a barren mountainside, the building appears at times embracing and at times austere. The hard stone shell of the outside is gradually transformed as one enters the building. In the entrances and circulation spaces the forms are simple and the materials used are still rough and cold.

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The increasing intensity of natural light guides the visitor to the main areas of the house where the light is abundant, the volumes are intricate and the materials are warmer. The comfort of the house is furthered by a sustainable building approach. The 60cm stone walls, the planted roofs and the proper insulation keep the house cool in the summer and warm in the winter. The placement of windows on adjacent walls creates natural ventilation and the rainwater is gathered on a cistern for the daily uses of the house.

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Project Data:

Project name: Syros House
Location: Syros Island, Cyclades, Greece
Coordinates: n/a
Type:

  • Type By Characteristic: Green & Sustainable House, Traditional House
  • Type By Site: Island House, Mountain House
  • Type By Size: Big House – (451 sqm – 650 sqm)
  • Type By Materials: Stone House

Site Area: 3,700 sqm / 0.40 hectares
Project Area: 460 sqm
Design Year: 01.2007 – 09.2007
Project Year: 2007-2011
Status: Built
Cost: 1,000,000 €
Completion Year: March 2011

Awards:

  • 2012 – 7th Biennale of Young Greek Architects – House in Syros

The people:

Client / Owner / Developer: Private
Architects: Myrto Miliou Architects – Ermou & Christopoulou 2, 10563 Athens, Greece
Project Architect: Myrto Miliou
Concept: Myrto Miliou, Vladimir Levidis
Project Team: Christina Georgiadi, Stefanos Petrou
Artist: Vladimir Levidis
Landscape Architect: Vladimir Levidis
Structural Engineer: Kostantinos Zaharatos
Civil Engineer: Constantinos Zaharatos
Mechanical Engineers: Nikos Melissaris, Kostas Voutsaras
General contractor: Leonard Roussos
Text Description: © Courtesy of Myrto Miliou Architects, archrecord
Images: © Myrto Miliou Architects, Erieta Attali

Materials & Suplier:

Masonry: Leonard Roussos
Render: Leonard Roussos
Insulation: PANAGIOTIS TZOUMERKIOTIS
Steel Structures: Leonard Roussos
Rental Tools & Machinery: Leonard Roussos
Earthworks: Leonard Roussos
Scaffolding: Leonard Roussos
Installing paving slabs: Leonard Roussos
Painting: NICK LEGAL
Machinery: Leonard Roussos
Simple Wooden Doors: SYROS XYLOTECHNIKI
Steel Doors: Leonard Roussos
Cement Industry: EMPORODOMIKI SYROU
Building Materials: EMPORODOMIKI SYROU
Concrete Industry: LAFARGE
Construction Materials: EMPORODOMIKI SYROU
Iron: ERGODOMI SYROU
Tools – Machinery: Leonard Roussos
Building Materials: EMPORODOMIKI SYROU
Screeds & Tile Installation: Leonard Roussos
Window placement: SYROS XYLOTECHNIKI
Supply & Installation Marbles: PALEOLOGOS
Steel Structures: Leonard Roussos
Paints – Glues – Resins: ZANNIKOS
Marble – Granite: SMILI
Tiles: TERRACOTA
Frames: SYROS XYLOTECHNIKI
Timber Investing: KARAMPATSOS
Heating Systems: CALDA
Sanitary Ware: PATIRIS
Lighting Equipment – Systems – Switches: Bright

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