The ground floor of the residence has an extroverted relationship with the yard and the street. It’s rotated slighted so as to optimize southern exposure. This also creates a small triangular covered veranda on the north boundary. Opening up on both sides helps to create a living space that feels connected with the yard but also maintains a connection with the public street. Also integrating clearstory windows in the double height living area helps to cross ventilate the space very effectively in the summer. The second floor functions as a big umbrella that shades both the interior spaces and a major part of the yard. Sliding perforated metal doors help to shade the living space in the summer but still maintain cross ventilation through its perforations.
The upper floor is more introverted with small courtyards between the bedrooms. These courtyards on the upper floor help to introduce natural light and cross ventilation creating a more comfortable environment. Also the small openings of the bedrooms allow for enough light and ventilation but fragment the views from and to the bedrooms therefore maintaining a sense of privacy.
Photos by Marios Christodoulides