House in Limassol IV

House in Limassol IV

Architect
Vassiliades Architects
Project Year
2018
Category
Housing

Compact volumes in a concrete frame

Vassiliades Architects as Architects

The design intention of this bioclimatic residence in Limassol was to create a compact form that morphologically characterizes the building. Thus, all the functions and spaces were translated into solid compact volumes that created a composition, which was framed by an exposed concrete surface. This surface has a double role, since beyond the morphological signage of the project, it also functions as a passive solar protection device.

In general, the design consists of simple geometries that touch the current minimalistic morphologies. This logic led to the use of exposed concrete, wooden surfaces and the neutral white and gray colors. The differentiation in the material and the coloring of each volume, follows the differentiation in its internal function, following the fundamental moto of modernism, the “form follows function".

The building program had increased requirements, since in addition to the three bedrooms, two offices were created in this small house, which function as an independent home working space. These workplaces were placed on the north side of the plot, towards the road side, thus ensuring non-fluctuant natural lighting for them (it was one of the requisites), while this layout provides privacy for the living spaces of the house. At the same time, this layout allowed the opening of the living spaces to the south, for a full passive exploitation of natural lighting and solar energy. At the same time, special attention was given to the spatial planning of the uses, in such a way that are fully operational and with full exploitation of the environmental conditions for energy saving and thermal comfort for the users.

Finally, regarding the technical part of the building, a metallic structural frame was used. This system was chosen to enable the fast construction of the building, and at the same time to allow the large areas without columns, thus allowing a flexibility in the achievement of a functional floorplan.

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