Photo credit: Panagiotis Voymvakish | Aristides Dallas Architects
Nestled in the rugged landscape of Tinos, a small island off of Greece, is The Lap Pool House by Aristides Dallas Architects. This minimalist living space is built directly into the hillside in a seamless hidden way, or in the words of the designer, an interpretation of the “impact between stone and air.” The planted roof continues the extension of nature and provides a more natural look while still keeping a modern aesthetic below.
As the name of the home implies, the standout feature is its lap pool, which extends outwards towards the sea and cantilevered over the shore below. This pool also separates the living space into two halves, with the bedroom suite in one, while a semi-outdoor terrace connects them. Plenty of windows as well as skylights ensure that the living space itself is bathed in sunlight during the day and greeted with sweeping views of the water at all times.
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When these two elements are found in conflict with each other – depending on which one prevails – either guarding stone risers or cavities of stone envelope carved by the wind, as if from the skilled craftsman’s hand, are created,” said the architects.