May 06 2014

Staying with Tradition, in Tzoumerka, Greece – with a Modern Twist

The architectural office XT has designed an addition to an old stone building in the area Tzoumerka in Ipiros, Greece. The building is located in a privileged plot with a spectacular view of the surrounding mountains.

The building is not a main residence. The architect’s aim was to integrate the house into its environment, maintaining the traditional structure, while utilizing modern and simple methods and materials.

House in Tzoumerka, Ipiros, Greece

The core idea of the architectural proposal stems from traditional architecture. The stimulus was the homogeneity of the simple four sided roofs that settle on rigid stone shells. A light metal structure that is covered with titanium zinc is replacing the existing crumbly roof. This structure, a main addition to the house, creates new requisite spaces.

House in Tzoumerka with Addition, Ipiros, Greece

The XT Architecture Studio tried to make a difference by experimenting with the materials but preserved the shapes that are used in the buildings of the area. As a result, they managed to add a new architectural element that is in harmony with the local aesthetics. The new structure has two levels measuring forty square meters each. The living room is on the ground floor and thanks to the new addition has a greater ceiling height. On the ground floor there is also the master bedroom and the bathroom. On the two new levels more sleeping areas and a playroom have been added.

House in Tzoumerka, Ipiros, Greece, Ipiros, Greece

All the rooms have great visual communication with one another, and anywhere that is possible there are curtains or other light dividing elements between the spaces. In the new structure there are two large openings that let the light enter into the house from above, and thus, beautiful shadows are projected on the stone walls, in turn creating a captivating and cozy atmosphere.

3D render of addition in house in Tzoumerka, Ipiros, Greece

Section- House in Tzoumerka, Ipiros, Greece

What needed particular expertise was the conversion of the attic into a terrace – with a great view of the composite mountainous terrain of Tzoumerka.

XT Architecture Studio is located in Ioannina and was founded in 2009 by the architect Chari Tsitsika. The studio is focused not only on architectural, but also urban planning projects. They aim to create architectural synthesis that lead to new space experiences. The simplicity, the clarity of the forms and the design that aims to fulfill the needs of the people are the main characteristics of their working philosophy. XT Studio has participated in many national and international competitions and exhibitions in Greece and abroad. Their project has been published in scientific congresses and in the International Architectural Press.

Chari Tsitsika - XT Architecture Studio in Ioannina, Greece

Are there similar projects in the countryside of the country where you live?

The original article, published in Greek, can be found here.

Credits: Images and data linked to sources.

Dafni Dimitriadi

Dafni Dimitriadi is a student of Architecture at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. Her numerous experiences in participating in architectural competitions have helped her understand the importance of research and design. She is interested in building and urban design restoration and aims to continue her studies in order to gain more knowledge related to these fields. She is an active volunteer and has participated in many interesting projects, including Open House Thessaloniki. She currently lives in Thessaloniki and through her blogs aims to explore developments associated with architecture and urban design.

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