Xerolithi House

Contemporary Greek architecture is increasingly coming on our radar here at Coolector HQ with designs that are ever more innovative in terms of how a building integrates with its surroundings. The latest build to have captured our imagination is Xerolithi House from Sinas Architects which is located on the island of Serifos, and takes design inspiration from local dry stone walls to make the building as inconspicuous as possible.

Beautifully designed inside and out, Xerolithi House from Sinas Architects boasts a pleasingly traditional aesthetic and the walls of this striking two-bedroom house are designed to look like the stone retaining walls that are commonly seen across Greek landscapes. Known locally as xerolithies, these low walls were traditionally used in the cultivation of land.

Gorgeous Greek Design

These dry stone style walls are particularly common in the Greek Mediterranean countryside and in a decidedly understated way, they show off the presence of man in areas that otherwise seem untouched by civilisation. Xerolithi House from Sinas Architects contains 245 square metres of floor space, along with terraces that wrap all around the living spaces and provide a relaxing space to unwind.

The form of Xerolithi House is dictated a linear layout for the inside of this holiday home. The volume is split into two separate blocks, with the bigger one being where you’ll find the living spaces and the primary bedroom. Two additional guest bedrooms are to be found in the smaller block alongside a basement space and there are two sheltered terraces that can function as outdoor dining spaces, with one that slots in between the two blocks and a the other being located at the eastern end of the property.

With the majority of the internal walls being plastered, they have a vibrant and airy feel which makes it a perfect place to relax. The doors and inbuilt furniture are crafted from solid wood and the bedrooms all have glazed doors that open out to a front patio with mesmerising sea views. The living room has glazing on both sides, which means that it can open onto both this space and a secluded patio at the rear, which provides ample privacy and shelter from the wind. A glorious piece of contemporary Greek architecture with nods to the past.

Leo Davie
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