Diagonal Home / en-route-architecture
Textual content description offered by the architects. The diagonal home is a summer time home located inside a secluded pure space of the Greek Cycladic Island of Kea. The robust topographical adjustments of the encompassing panorama symbolize on the similar time the conceptual supply and guideline for the architectural concept.
The home – positioned diagonal to the slope of the topography – is organized as a subdivided sq. with alternating enclosed and open areas. Home windows and structural components create cinematic frames of the encompassing panorama, the Aegean Sea, and neighboring islands. Because of the steep topography, the bottom of the home is submerged throughout the panorama, whereas its entrance is oriented in the direction of the primary view. The home is thus shielded from harsh weather conditions, comparable to excessive temperatures and powerful winds. All assist features of the home, comparable to loos and the kitchen, are positioned in the direction of the bottom permitting for unobstructed motion and views inside the home and in the direction of the panorama.
The usage of uncovered concrete as a structural and visible body is meant as a up to date interpretation of a standard stone home. This reinterpretation of conventional constructing strategies can also be associated to the mixing of energetic and passive strategies for heating, cooling, and power era. Such strategies thereby enable for a excessive diploma of power effectivity and independence. Small home windows oppose massive openings with operable shutters which might be within the alternating courtyards and rooms.
This juxtaposition permits for the channeling of cross air flow from the prevailing winds via the enclosed and open areas. Thereby, retaining the home cool all year long and heat throughout the colder durations. The roof of the home is used to gather rainwater in submerged tanks which might be re-used in the home as filtered water. Photo voltaic panels have been meant to be hidden within the panorama to supply enough power with a view to preserve the home operating off the grid.
The diagonal home Is a part of an architectural trilogy, consisting of parallel, diagonal and perpendicular homes. This trilogy is predicated on a research on how summer time residences with the minimal essential areas, can relate to their instant context in a easy and but charming means. The research thus represents an iteration of three minimal homes that every have a most optimum and but totally different relationship to their particular topography and panorama.
Up till now, the diagonal-house and parallel-house have been efficiently accomplished, whereas the perpendicular-house is presently making ready for building. Just like the design of the opposite homes, the diagonal home was conceived and constructed as a powerful and but minimal distinction to its surrounding panorama. Via this distinction and the embedding of hidden rules, the main target is laid upon the utmost expertise of the panorama itself.