Residence in Sikamino by Tense Architecture Network

Residence in Sikamino by Tense Architecture Network
[Sikamino, Attica] Greece
metalocus, PEDRO NAVARRO
Night outside vision. Residence in Sikamino by Tense Architecture Network. Photography © Filippo Poli
The field is elongated, rural, planted with olive trees. The land is dominant. –How could a residence rise out of the ground, how could it be confined to a roof? The residence is its roof. A sixty meters long one. While approaching the plot, it can be perceived as a slightly elevated strip of earthy crust in front of the distant mountains of Euboea. It can be walked on. The roof is born from and returns back to the ground; it is planted likewise. Helichrysum, rosanthemum, lavender, gauras, thyme. The roof’s shape is rhomboid and the living space is hosted under its central, maximum width area, while the sleeping quarters occupy the edges.

The composition seeks to vigorously merge the residence with its elongated site. An additional, fully underground level has been introduced to facilitate the increased needs that the intent agricultural life requires. A curvilinear car ramp enters the rhombus in transverse, therefore creating an opening towards the cultivable part of the field. Building shell is of reinforced concrete, exposed on roofs and walls. Iron frames, sun-protecting blinds, metallic shutters palliate the sense of transparency. The sculptural clarity of the ex-tended, concrete roof was attained by means of inversion of all beams but one, which abuts at the central column: the hearth.

Analysis of project

A tense, two-fold merge of the residence with its surrounding field is attempted: via a partial immersing into the ground and a simultaneous covering by the elongated, earthy roof. The sustainability of the project is mainly attained by passive means and is focused into this double gesture. The reception of the residence’s edges by the land of Attica and the subsequent birth of the green roof by the same land, create an acute shell, gently inserted in the olive groove. The passive energy conservation achieved by the immersion and the more

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Tilemachos Andrianopoulos. Born in Athens (1974), Diploma in Architecture, NTUA (2001), Metropolis Msc in Architecture and Urban Culture, CCCB-UPC (2006). In 2004 co-creates Tense Architecture Network with Kostas Mavros, as a network of collaborators and works of architecture as well. Member of the multidisciplinary group Greenproject (2010), Ph.D. candidate (NTUA 2012).

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