About the project
The building is one of a group of small, environmentally responsible 3-story vacation homes designed by Evagelos & Panos Chatzis, situated at an altitude of 980m on the slopes of Mount Parnassus. It is located near a rocky stream and encircled by fir and chestnut trees.
Maria Kardami Design Studio
has created an interior inspired by the surrounding landscape and the structure’s exterior of local stone and native timber cladding.
The resulting living spaces
have a contemporary quality
which harmonises man-made
structural elements with
nature while avoiding the
cliché of mountain rusticity.
The visual and structural focus of the top two floors is a geometrically perforated, gunmetal grey steel screen. This acts both as a double-height room divider, and to hide the integrated metal staircase leading from the loft area to the middle floor while still allowing light to permeate the interior. The perforations also admit light to a second set of wooden stairs descending to the bedrooms, bath, and sauna on the ground floor. The rich, dark metal contrasts with the smooth white walls and cinnamon coloured chestnut timber beams and ceiling.
The elegantly minimalist kitchen
is finished in the softly mottled colour of blackened steel, matched by upholstered dining chairs by Baxter Furniture. The wood dining table is customised by MK Design Studio to integrate with the wood floor and ceiling. Bathrooms are of dark grey marble subtly streaked with white, and plumbing fixtures of contemporary design are of matte black steel. Lighting fixtures by DCW Editions Paris are beautiful without calling attention to themselves.
The atmosphere of the home is one of comfort and relaxed, natural elegance, appropriate for all weathers and all seasons.
The rounded shape and grey colour
of the sofa by Living Divani reference the local stone, as do round stools by Baxter Furniture.