The design of the Aloni house by Deca Architecture, an international team of young architects, based in Athens, is a dual response to the particular topography of the site and to the techniques that in the past shaped the raw ‘Cycladic island’ landscape.
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Dry-rubble stone walls domesticated the land in the past. Today, the Cycladic islands are being reshaped by the demand for holiday homes. The design uses the precedent of earth-retaining stone walls to create an artificial landscape that is both rural and domestic in use.
The site is a natural saddle where two slopes meet.
“Two long stone walls bridge the hills allowing the house to nestle in the space within while maintaining the continuity of the landscape which flows over it. This simple strategy blurs the edges of the house and makes its mass imperceptible within the broader skyline of the island.
The presence of the house is revealed by the four courtyards carved into the flowing landscape.
The name of the house itself, Aloni, refers to the remains of a crop-harvesting circle that was found and preserved as part of the agricultural past of the site.”
source Deca Architecture