The house sits in-between two gorges (“avlakia” in Greek) in the Cycladic island of Antiparos, Greece. The site has a western orientation, so it enjoys the views of the sunset and the neighboring islands of Sifnos and Serifos, while it is also exposed to the North strong winds.
Avlakia house emerges out of the landscape in the form of a stone retaining wall, while a white volume sits on it, in a monumental, temple-like presence. This monumentality is achieved by a series of formal operations that transformed a white box into a sculptured building, a Cycladic temple. To define these operations (inward inclinations, scale, proportions, symmetry, repetition of openings), we observed the formal rules that have been employed since antiquity in the architecture of monuments across cultures.