House in Sikamino by
Tense Architecture Network

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This angular rural house in Greece by Athens studio Tense Architecture Network has over half of its concrete body buried beneath the ground (+ slideshow + photographs by Filippo Poli).

House in Sikamino by Tense Architecture Network

House in Sikamino has a 60-metre-long and narrow shape with angular edges that thrust out into the sloping topography, creating a partially submerged upper floor and a completely buried lower level.

House in Sikamino by Tense Architecture Network

"The composition seeks to vigorously merge the residence with its elongated site," explains Tense Architecture Network.

House in Sikamino by Tense Architecture Network

Grass covers the roof to create an artificial hill over the top of the house, intended to evoke the shapes of the Euboea mountains in the distance. Residents use the ground for planting herbs.

House in Sikamino by Tense Architecture Network

Glass walls bring daylight in along any exposed edges and open out to wooden terraces.

House in Sikamino by Tense Architecture Network

Spaces inside the house are broken up into a non-linear arrangement, with living spaces in the centre and bedrooms at the ends. A car parking area is also included on the lower floor.

House in Sikamino by Tense Architecture Network

Other recently completed Greek houses include a ridged limestone house in Milos and a weekend house in Paros. See more architecture from Greece.

House in Sikamino by Tense Architecture Network

See more photography by Filippo Poli on Dezeen, or on the photographer's website.

Here's a description from Tense Architecture Network:


Residence in Sikamino, Attica.

The field is elongated, rural, planted with olive trees. The land is dominant. How could a residence rise out of the ground, how could it be confined to a roof? The residence is its roof. A 60-metre-long one. While approaching the plot, it can be perceived as a slightly elevated strip of earthy crust in front of the distant mountains of Euboea. It can be walked on.

House in Sikamino by Tense Architecture Network

The roof is born from and returns back to the ground; it is planted likewise: helichrysum, rosanthemum, lavender, gauras, thyme. The roof's shape is rhomboid and the living space is hosted under its central, maximum width area, while the sleeping quarters occupy the edges.

House in Sikamino by Tense Architecture Network

The composition seeks to vigorously merge the residence with its elongated site. An additional, fully underground level has been introduced to facilitate the increased needs that the intent agricultural life requires. A curvilinear car ramp enters the rhombus in transverse, therefore creating an opening towards the cultivable part of the field. Building shell is of reinforced concrete, exposed on roofs and walls. Iron frames, sun-protecting blinds, metallic shutters palliate the sense of transparency. The sculptural clarity of the extended, concrete roof was attained by means of inversion of all beams but one, which abuts at the central column: the hearth.

House in Sikamino by Tense Architecture Network

Project team: Tilemachos Andrianopoulos, Kostas Mavros
Collaborating architect: Thanos Bampanelos

House in Sikamino by Tense Architecture Network

Above: site plan - click for larger image

House in Sikamino by Tense Architecture Network

Above: ground floor plan - click for larger image

House in Sikamino by Tense Architecture Network

Above: basement floor plan - click for larger image

House in Sikamino by Tense Architecture Network

Above: cross section - click for larger image

House in Sikamino by Tense Architecture Network

Above: south-east elevation - click for larger image

House in Sikamino by Tense Architecture Network

Above: north-west elevation - click for larger image

  • Wajeeh

    Looks like a torture cell.

  • http://www.zazous.co.uk Kate Austin

    If they’re trying to reflect the current mood of austerity, they’ve certainly succeeded. No joy in this build!

  • tabeli432423

    They could’ve used the money to repay their debt.

    • helen

      Is your country debt free? It is actually good to see that the Greeks keep having excellent taste!