A principal element in the design of House 1003 is the dialect between the outer shell, which shades the building, and the glass sliding doors which prescribe the interior spaces. The space between the two expands and contracts creating a series of in-between yards which contribute to a great extent in sustaining a comfortable environment. The sliding perforated metal doors on the ground floor and the slated sliding doors on the upper floor shade the neighboring interior spaces and also allow for effective cross ventilation and controlled natural light. On the ground floor the twisted pathway inscribed by the glass sliding doors allows the yard to penetrated the house and create two smaller but more private outdoor spaces. One becomes a covered garden and the other a shaded habitable space that can function as a more private space or as part of the rest of the yard, depending on whether the sliding perforated doors are open or closed. The insertions of the surrounding yard within the outer envelope of the house help to discern the various functions on the ground floor while still maintaining a visual perception of the whole. On the upper level the shaded balconies can become extensions of the interior spaces but also offer alternative ways to connect interior spaces. The central void includes the stair and prescribes the cyclical pathway that connects all the spaces on the upper floor.
Photos Marios Christodoulides, Christos Papantoniou