House in Dionysos by Nikos Koukourakis & Associates
By Eric • Apr 26, 2012 • Selected Work
Athens-based studio Nikos Koukourakis & Associates has designed this contemporary house in Dionysos, a residential suburb in northeastern Attica, Greece — about 15 miles(23 km) northeast of Athens.
House in Dionysos by Nikos Koukourakis & Associates:
“The main architectural thought was to design a modern house with straight lines and big openings to a flat garden. This enables the natural light to travel through every space of the house, reducing the amount of energy needed to illuminate the house. Furthermore the house was designed and built according to ‘’green architectural choices of materials used, such as:
- Building’s orientation: glass openings facing south.
- Facade insulation system.
- Aluminium windows with thermal – break system.
- Double glass windows: external 6mm energy glass, 14mm gap, 4mm +4mm triplex glass.
- Home automation – smart house.
- 70% of the lighting fixtures are using LED technology.
The continuous optical dialogue between the inside and the outside is achieved by the 3.50m (each panel) sliding windows that appear in the main elevation. The house was first designed in every detail in a computer 3-D model, which allowed to have a better understanding of the building’s interaction with the environment.
The building dominates with its clean-cut lines, while its volume is split, without being dissolved, from the rich perimetric openings giving to it an airy sense via to their exposure to natural light. The big glass surfaces leave a permanently open dialogue with outside, without creating the least sense of isolation in the interior of the house.”
Photos by: Vangelis Paterakis
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