Vacation House in Arachova
The building is part of a compound of small, three-story vacation houses, with a small environmental footprint, at an altitude of 980m on the slopes of Parnassus. The site lies beside a rocky ravine, among fir and chestnut trees. The material palette includes local stone for the building shell, claddings with wood of the area, and metal. The standout element crossing through two levels is a perforated steel surface in a dark grey shade, bearing a geometric pattern. This surface conceals the metal staircase leading from the living room to the mezzanine, without hindering natural light. Perforations bring more light to a second, wooden staircase leading to the bedrooms, bathroom, and sauna in the basement. Dark metal comes into contrast with the smooth, white walls, and the roof of chestnut beams in their natural color. The project features a contemporary sensibility, in conversation with its surrounding landscape.