The Wide Open Villa by KLab Architects
A stunning single family home in the suburb of Ekali in Athens, Greece. Begun in 2006 and completed in 2009, the monolithic volume gives the home an impression of having two fronts; a curved one along the street and a planar one towards the back yard, pool and private garden. From the outside, the building has an austere, almost intimidating character. Inside, plan and section work together to create a fluid space that undermines the initial monumental impression by inviting extended exterior views to enter.
There are thoughtful and functional details like a fireplace that faces both inside and outside the home, mitered glass walls serves as catwalk railings and an indoor pool with neon lighting set in the recessed ceiling.
architect/designer: Konstantinos Labinoproulous
employer: A property developer and contractor
surface: 1050 square meters