Olive Tree prefab home follows sun & Athos views from a hill

On a hill in an olive grove overlooking the sea and the monasteries of , designed a low-maintenance weekend home that reflects a season’s and a day’s evolving sunlight.

The project is highly experimental and employs cutting-edge digital CAD/CAM technology in an innovative way. All building components were pre-fabricated, nevertheless, the design itself carefully considered the sun’s position to provide shading and to complement the views. The 3m by 7m rectangular plan is aligned to the cardinal points and it is sub-divided into smaller rooms. A corridor connects these spaces but also aligns with the adjacent olive trees which, thus, become integral to the house’s layout.

The exterior envelope is a lightweight metallic surface which wraps around and it is movable, to provide maximum flexibility, questioning the definition of inside and outside inhabitable space. The envelope’s perforated textile-like pattern is inspired by the shade of the olive trees. As the sun moves during the day the interior spaces are filled with ever-changing shadows.


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  1. The armchair critics are so small minded. It’s a lovely artful experiment to be enjoyed just for what it is; like the designer with an elegance of thought and a soft wonderful touch. The metal doors are like lace; the atmosphere created is meant to be just what it is, a simple getaway. A real jewel box creation by a designer with a great poetic spirit. And as always great video that lets the speaker and building speak for itself. Bravo! All the Best, Michel P

  2. Not a place to stay long but a very nice place to have a break, a weekend, or few days. Very personal and the place is amazing. I don’t thing this could be ok for hot temperatures, but it is very clever.

  3. They live in that metal wall frame of nothingness?…Not me, there’s nothing attractive about this at all to me anyways….wow.

  4. I would rather have a level parking spot where I could drive up a camper and set it up with awnings as a sitting place. Maybe at most a small structure housing a shower and outhouse plus storage shed and outdoor kitchen on the north side.

  5. Looks great but in the UK you would freeze most of the time. This would work with glass sliding doors inside and this on the outside. Nice work I like it best wishes from the UK ??

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