Acropolis Inspired Psychiko House, Athens by Divercity Architects

Psychiko House, Athens by Divercity Architects

Divercity Architects completed the Psychiko House project in 2012. This contemporary home has been divided into three main areas; a stone core, inspired by the Acropolis, an upper floor, envisaged as a pair of binoculars looking toward the city, with a transparent living space situated between them.

The Psychiko House is located in an affluent suburb of Athens, Greece.

Outdoor Pool, Terrace, Psychiko House, Athens by Divercity Architects

Psychiko House, Athens by Divercity Architects

Psychiko House, Athens by Divercity Architects

Terrace, Glass Walls, Psychiko House, Athens by Divercity Architects

Curved Pool, Psychiko House, Athens by Divercity Architects

Marble Stairs, Psychiko House, Athens by Divercity Architects

Curved Wood Flooring, Glass Walls, Psychiko House, Athens by Divercity Architects

White Kitchen, Wood Flooring, Glass Walls, Psychiko House, Athens by Divercity Architectsv

Living Space, Psychiko House, Athens by Divercity Architects

 

Indoor Pool, Comic Wallpaper, Psychiko House, Athens by Divercity Architects

Garage, Psychiko House, Athens by Divercity Architects

Garage, Psychiko House, Athens by Divercity Architects

Marble Stairs, Psychiko House, Athens by Divercity Architects

Plan, Psychiko House, Athens by Divercity Architects

Psychiko House, Athens by Divercity Architects:

“This private residence in Psychiko, an affluent suburb of Athens, was designed for maximum freedom of movement and flexibility. The house is divided into three distinct zones: a stone core inspired by the defensive rock of the Acropolis, an amphitheatrical upper floor, imagined as a pair of binoculars framing the expansive city views, and a transparent living area that occupies the space between them. Each zone is connected through a notional ribbon running through the site.

A series of surprises playing with light and scale, the design exploits the tension between conflicting elements – opaqueness and transparency, intimacy and openness, curves juxtaposed with angular geometry. In contrast with the fluid interior, the external wall is clad in stone, sheltering the residence from the surrounding buildings. This boundary peels away to create an intimate garden that opens up to the neighbouring house, which belongs to the same family. The sweeping arc of the external wall is echoed by the swimming pool, a canal that connects the front and back of the house.

With an entrance camouflaged in the stone wall, the marble garage doubles as a gallery for the owners’ collection of vintage cars and modern art. Glazed partitions, skylights, and slatted blinds allow natural light to penetrate the open-plan living spaces. A series of cuts and slits in the sculptural façade bring the outside in. Located on the first floor, the bedrooms are suspended in mid-air, with picture windows that frame the spectacular view across Athens. The effect is like standing on the edge of a diving board ready to plunge into the cityscape.”

Photos By: Erieta Attali

Like
Share

You Might Also Like

Westlake Drive House, Austin, Texas by James D. LaRue Architects
Westlake Drive House, Austin, Texas by James D. LaRue Architects
Loft in Bratislava by Atelier SAD
Loft in Bratislava by Atelier SAD
Dihedral House, Boulder, Colorado
Dihedral House, Boulder, Colorado
Wairau Valley House in Rapaura, New Zealand by Parsonson Architects
Wairau Valley House in Rapaura, New Zealand by Parsonson Architects
Modern Villa with Spectacular Sea Views in Ibiza, Spain
Modern Villa with Spectacular Sea Views in Ibiza, Spain
Impressive Cantilevered Home in Pontypridd, Wales
Impressive Cantilevered Home in Pontypridd, Wales

Post a Comment