Pythagorean home amidst olive grove offers views & protection

April 8, 2019 john 21 2618 22:02

Asked by an Athens couple to design a home embedded in their olive grove, architect Tilemachos Andrianopoulos used geometry to respect the trees, provide protection from wind and sun, and open up the residence to the mountain views. In Alice in Wonderland fashion, the home begins small at a tip of a triangle where the…

On designing a stackable, bioclimatic shipping container home

March 4, 2019 john 19 53197 13:17

Motivated by her love of mobile homes and bioclimatic design, as well as the surplus of shipping containers at Athens Port Piraeus, Nastazia Spyropoulou created a passive solar container home that is topped by a living roof and has little need of traditional heating/cooling. Her prototype Cocoon Module is made from a used (though good…

Restoring a medieval tower house near Sparta as life project

February 18, 2019 john 20 50169 28:51

In 1984 when Kostas Zouvelos and his fiancé saw a for sale sign on a crumbling early 19th-century fortified tower on Greece’s Mani Peninsula, they decided to buy it and choose later what to do with it. Fortified towers are ubiquitous across Mani (Peloponnese) where a history of small – often just several family- settlements,…