On a 4,000 sqm plot northwest of Falassarna, Chania, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, three separate units were designed to create a holiday home complex for three families living abroad. The volumes from three different levels in each house were designed to allow a harmonious movement between the interior and the exterior. That was accomplished by applying minimal partitioning with interior walls. Each house has a square footage of 65,55 and can accommodate another couple of guests in the properly designed attic of 18.70sqm. As the property is far from the sea, small private swimming pools were constructed as the owners required. Unlike a common holiday home, where people tend to be divided into small groups, the multi-level interconnected spaces, create scenarios for spontaneous socialization between neighbors due to the steep slope of the ground. The materials used are simple˙ local wall stone and mainly white walls inside were used in order to attract sunlight and express a spatial depth with an intense contrast of light and shade. Solid wood was used for shutters and local rock and gravel for the decoration of the outside space.
These outdoors areas around the complex provide the guests with comfort, sunlight, and privacy. The interiors are divided into two zones based on the day and night cycles. The living room is the main common area. Combining traditional and modern style, we designed a house characterized by austerity. Cretan colors, fabrics, and shapes were used internally and externally. The design of the facades is based on a philosophy of adding and decomposing volumes while sliding wooden shades provide shade and privacy. The materials and textures used are in line with the environment, thus complementing the visitors’ experience.