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Two Residences in Ekali

The 1007m² (10.839 ft²) property, located in Athens' northern suburb Ekali (Greece), is facing both Rodon Avenue and Ikarias Street, with a mean of 3,60 m (11,81 ft) of height difference between the two streets.

The wish of the client was to build two houses on the plot.
We had to guarantee full independence of the two residences:
separate entrances for vehicles and pedestrians, separate gardens, separate heating systems etc.

The site's orientation (long sides facing southwest and northeast) and the concern for an optimal utilization of the remaining free space, when applying the houses' footprint on it, led us to the composition of an oblong building with the two houses appearing as a single structure.
The dropping line of the profile of their single-pitch roofs, following the inclination of the plot, intensifies this impression.

The access ways for pedestrians and vehicles are set parallel to the northeastern side of the buildings. This side shows a more hermetic façade with small openings. The ramps to the garages in the basements are located here.
On the southwestern side wide loggias open to the garden and swimming pool. They offer protection against cold winter winds and from direct sunlight during summer, while at the same time being natural extensions of the living room.

Despite the axial symmetry of their floor plans, the two residences differ in character.
The living rooms are located in the residences' ground-floors.
The upper floors include the parents' and the children's bedrooms.

The structure of the houses consists of reinforced concrete with brick infills. Concrete was also used for the surrounding outside facilities with its surface left exposed (retaining walls, entrances), while exposed aggregate concrete was used for the vehicle ramps and the pedestrian pathways.
The roof sides are cladded with zinc sheets in grey and red colour, while the roof itself is covered with bituminous granule-coated shingles.
The railings, as well as the pedestrian and vehicle gates, are made of stainless steel, the entrance parapet and the balcony floorings on the first floor are made of safety glass.
Red limestone was used for the outer lining of the fireplaces and red marble for the entrance steps.
The floors are covered with ceramic tiling and oak wood.
The inner window frames and all wall boardings are also made of oak wood.

The houses were presented in the exhibition "Architectural Awards 2008" (April to June 2009 - presented as award nominees), which took place in the Benaki Museum in Athens and was organized by the Hellenic Institute of Arhitecture (EIA).

 

Publications:
"Architectural Awards 2008" (exhibition catalogue - April 2009),
"Private Residences 2 - Contemporary Greek Architecture" (June 2009),
"[ark] - The StoJournal for Architects" (July 2009),
"material" (20 / 2009),
"Design + Art in greece" (41/2010),
"DOMES 2010 - Greek Architecture Yearbook" (June 2010),
"ek" (May 2011),
"Yli & Ktirio" (cover story - July-September 2011),
"Reflections on Greek Postwar Architecture"
by Panos Tsakopoulos (published 2014).


Architectural design and supervision of construction:
Τakis Exarchopoulos
Elena Exarchopoulou
Panos E. Gerakakis


Structural engineering:
Sotiris Dimitriou

Building services engineering:
Giannis Sygounis, Panos Babalitis

Building site's area: 1.007 m² (10.839 ft²)
Building's area: 403 m² (4.338 ft²) (both residences, excluding basements)

Completion of construction: 2008

The difference in height between the two houses is 2,16 m (7,09 ft) - photo: Dimitris Kalapodas
The two residences are independent from each other - photo: Dimitris Kalapodas
The loggias are extensions of the living room to the garden - photo: Dimitris Kalapodas
Detail view of southwestern façade - photo: Dimitris Kalapodas
A hanging metal structure forms the balcony of the master bedroom - photo: Dimitris Kalapodas
A hanging metal structure forms the balcony of the master bedroom - photo: Dimitris Kalapodas
Entrance from Rodon Avenue in the evening - photo: Dimitris Kalapodas
Evening impression of the two houses - photo: Dimitris Kalapodas
Evening impression of the two houses - photo: Dimitris Kalapodas
Evening impression of the two houses - photo: Dimitris Kalapodas
The shape of the swimming pool was adjusted to avoid felling the pine tree - photo: Dimitris Kalapodas
Entrance from Ikarias Street in the evening - photo: Dimitris Kalapodas
Entrance from Ikarias Street in the evening - photo: Dimitris Kalapodas
Entrance from Ikarias Street - photo: Dimitris Kalapodas
Entrance from Ikarias Street - photo: Dimitris Kalapodas
The northeastern façade of the houses
with the volume extensions of the bathrooms - photo: Panos E. Gerakakis
Detailing of southeastern façade:
Window of children's bedroom - photo: Panos E. Gerakakis
Detailing of southwestern façade:
metal structure of balcony hanging from concrete beams - photo: Panos E. Gerakakis
Detailing of southwestern façade:
metal structure of balcony, zinc cladding on roof side - photo: Panos E. Gerakakis
Detailing of southwestern façade: the dropping line of the profile
of the single-pitch roofs follows the inclination of the ground - photo: Panos E. Gerakakis
Detailing of southeastern façade:
the fireplace volume was cladded with red limestone - photo: Panos E. Gerakakis
Detail of step from living room to garden - photo: Panos E. Gerakakis
Gangways on the northeastern side lead to the house's entrances - photo: Dimitris Kalapodas
Entrance area (Rodon Avenue) - photo: Dimitris Kalapodas
Living room (Rodon Avenue) - photo: Dimitris Kalapodas
Living room (Ikarias Street) - photo: Dimitris Kalapodas
Living room (Rodon Avenue) - photo: Dimitris Kalapodas
The room-high sliding door of the dining room on the right - photo: Dimitris Kalapodas
Living room (Rodon Avenue) - photo: Dimitris Kalapodas
Staircase (Rodon Avenue) - photo: Dimitris Kalapodas
Staircase (Ikarias Street) - photo: Dimitris Kalapodas
Staircase (Rodon Avenue) - photo: Dimitris Kalapodas
Staircase (Ikarias Street) - photo: Dimitris Kalapodas
Looking down the staircase (Rodon Avenue)- photo: Dimitris Kalapodas
Staircase (Rodon Avenue) - photo: Dimitris Kalapodas
Master bedroom balcony - photo: Dimitris Kalapodas
Children's bathroom - photo: Panos E. Gerakakis
During construction - photo: Panos E. Gerakakis
During construction - photo: Panos E. Gerakakis
During construction - photo: Panos E. Gerakakis
Shortly before completion of construction - photo: Panos E. Gerakakis
Layout evolution on available plot
Basic geometry of the two houses
Site plan
Ground floor plan
Upper floor plan
Longitudinal section
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