KYTHERA SUMMER HOUSE
PROJECT: Restoration of existing
LOCATION: Chora, Kythera, Greece
FLOOR AREA: 53 m2
CONSTRUCTION: km architecture studio
PRINCIPAL ARCHITECT: Myrto Matthaiou
PHOTOS: km architecture studio
AWARDS: SHORTLISTED FOR GREEK
ARCHITECTURE AWARD 2023
This residence, located in the historic town of Kythera (Chora) nearby the Chora Castle, was built in the 1920s as part of a larger building. It is a 53 sq.m. ground floor house with an inner courtyard. Structural and morphological elements are typical of the local architecture.
The concept was to transform the residence into a modern country house, restoring and highlighting the original elements of the building.
Minor alterations were made in the interior: the entrance area was widened while the bedroom was moved to the room towards the Castle. Design’s key characteristic was the inner courtyard, which is perceived as an open-air welcome and gathering area overlooking the Castle, protected from the strong winds by the surrounding high wall.
The façade towards the street was restored to its original form. The courtyard façade was covered with colored plaster so as to stand out from the house white façade, while defining the courtyard externally and making a distinction between interior and exterior space.
Μaterials were chosen drawing inspiration from local architecture in combination with modern design. The wooden ceilings along with the impressive beam coming from a ship's mast that runs through the entrance area, were restored. Stucco cement is used on the interior floors and the kitchen counter and white color on wall surfaces. Colored decorative details were chosen to make a contrast. The residence is furnished with antiques along with built-in furniture.