Situated in Antiparos, Greece, Ktima House (2014) by Camilo Rebelo + Susana Martins | The Hardt
Situated in Antiparos, Greece, Ktima House (2014) by Camilo Rebelo + Susana Martins. The main idea of the project was based on two elements: the existing walls, at different levels, and the platforms created by those walls. The elevations of the two house levels are broken lines that were created as a continuation of the existing site walls. The topography helps to dissimulate the house. Ktima, in Greek, means farm or parcel with fertile land. The project site is a plot with steep slopes, mostly green, with a few trees that are an exception in the context of Antiparos Island.
In the Greek regulations, volumes can’t exceed ten meters long and this rule dictates the composition rhythm, always related to the interior spaces. All of them have distinct landscape framing and particularly varied in the amount and intensity of light. Based on a large program we decided to divide the house into two levels: the entry level being the main house and the lower level the guesthouse, service, and staff areas. The house was built following the local construction tradition and the island regulations – those aspects were crucial to the house expression. This house has a particularly favorable condition from the sustainable point of view: the green roof guarantees with efficiency a constant temperature in the interior, without the need for powerful cooling systems. On the back of the house, we incorporated a few patios that are extremely important for both levels of ventilation. So we tried to use simple architecture elements to achieve low energy consuming.