Avlakia House by ARP – Architecture Research Practice

White sculptural house on stone walls.

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Avlakia House rests in-between two gorges (avlákia in Greek) in the Cycladic island of Antiparos, Greece. The site is facing west, while it is also exposed to the northern stronger winds. It enjoys views of 180º towards the Aegean archipelago and the neighboring islands of Sifnos and Serifos. Avlakia House is the first house to be completed by OLIAROS development in its most recent project in Antiparos and gets its name from the area.

▼建筑与环境,the building and surroundings © ERIETA ATTALI


▼轴测,axonometry © ARP – Architecture Research Practice

Its shape is much dictated by our intention to preserve the topography and the landscape of the Cyclades archipelago. Its shape and deciding what to reveal and whatnot is a balancing act between the human experience, environmental and cultural sustainability. Avlakia House is a hybrid between a building and an earthwork.The white monolith and an organically formed retaining wall that follows the topography host the public interior and exterior areas. Subterranean stone volumes comprise the bedrooms and wrap around a courtyard in a village-like arrangement. The subterranean guest house takes up the form of an agricultural stone retaining wall.

▼立面,白色体块位于石头挡土墙上,facade,the white volume on the stone retaining wall © ERIETA ATTALI

▼建筑与海峡对望,the building facing the strait © ERIETA ATTALI

▼屋顶种植,roof planting © ERIETA ATTALI

▼低处的石墙立面,facade of the stone building at lower place © ERIETA ATTALI

▼内部庭院,courtyard © ERIETA ATTALI


The building emerges from the landscape in the form of a stone retaining wall. A white volume rests on it, with a monumental, temple-like presence. This monumentality is achieved by a series of formal operations (inward inclinations, scale, proportions, symmetry, repetition of openings) that consider the site’s relation to the sun and transform a white box into a sculptured building, a Cycladic temple.The amphitheater acts as a viewing platform, with its only purpose being to take in the site.

▼露天平台鸟瞰,aerial view of the amphitheater © ERIETA ATTALI

▼内部用作观景台,viewing platform © ERIETA ATTALI

▼从平台看向雕塑般的白色体块,view to sculptural white volume from platform © ERIETA ATTALI

▼洞口细部,details of openings © ERIETA ATTALI


The project draws on the vernacular building tradition while it elevates spaces into new contemporary forms. Emphasis is given so that the architecture engages with the local economy. Sourcing local materials, working with local crews and reenacting craftsmanship traditions (explicit use of local stone and Greek marbles, terrazzo floors, and traditional mortar) contribute to the site’s cultural and environmental sustainability.

▼公共空间,public space © ERIETA ATTALI

▼阳台,balcony © ERIETA ATTALI

▼细长通道,slender passage © ERIETA ATTALI

▼厨房,kitchen © ERIETA ATTALI

▼餐厅,dining room © ERIETA ATTALI

▼楼梯,staircase © ERIETA ATTALI


Deep natural shading, cross-ventilation, avoiding thermal bridges, and maximizing solar energy for water and heating also reduce the overall energy consumption. Planted roofs and courtyards relieve the spaces from the need for powerful cooling systems.

▼夕阳下的屋顶露台,roof terrace in the sunset © ERIETA ATTALI

▼夜景,night view © ERIETA ATTALI

▼平面,plans © ARP – Architecture Research Practice

▼剖面,sections © ARP – Architecture Research Practice

ARP Design Team: Argyro, Pouliovali, Eva Alberini, Nora Delidimou, Marilena Stavrakaki, Sofia Xanthakou
LANDSCAPE: Doxiadis plus

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