This family house has its back towards the little town of Molai in Laconia in the south of the Peloponnese. Through this position in the olive fields surrounding the town, the house participates with the spectacular amphitheatrical setting of the town on the foot of the Κourkoula mountain overlooking the plain with olivetrees and the Laconian gulf.
To optimize the relation with the inclined site, the house has been divided in two parts attached by split level. The part perpendicular to the slope, is double height and contains the main living areas on the ground floor and two bedrooms on the top floor. The part parallel to the slope, is positioned on a higher level and contains the master bedroom. The outside space immediately surrounding the house was intervened with only to level with the coplanar internal spaces and integrates seamlessly into the landscape. White cubes on a grey basis were used to clearly reflect this concept and to emphasize the view towards the landscape, both cubes were extended with an external framed balcony. These frames create a characteristic facade with a recognizable concept and a protected outside space to enjoy the view.
Internally all areas rotate around the central pivot point, the staircase. Inside this double height space the sculptural staircase unites all levels of the house and at the same time connects the different levels of the garden. The internal design reflects the clear concept and materials of the external facade with a similar play of white and grey volumes and surfaces. This is for instance expressed in the white box of the fireplace that contains a concealed television, on top of a grey marble base. In the kitchen, bathroom and bedrooms furniture is integrated using fixed elements such as the central kitchen island, the back of the master bedroom and the bathroom benches. Windows are always mullion-less and carefully positioned and framed towards the view. This reductive approach was continued for the lighting which is mainly integrated in the ceiling and the floor heating which forms part of the environmentally sustainable approach of the climate control in combination with an external insulation system that covers the whole facade.