Villa Casa Katana in Crete, Greece by Konstantinos Stathopoulos

A crooked line is carved in the Southern Cretan scenery. In the Southern part of Crete is designed by Konstantinos Stathopoulos the unique leisure residence Casa Katana.

The idea was inspired by the extraordinary geomorphology of the plot and the genuine characteristics of the area, the rocky formations, its orientation, and wild views. Τhe main factors that influenced the architectural synthesis are the landscape and the southern Mediterranean beauty, the views towards the Libyan sea, and the climate conditions. In the above factors are added the contemporary needs and amenities that a modern villa may possess in order to constitute a state-of-the-art luxury structure.

modern greek residence with pool

One of the main affairs was for the villa to be fully integrated into the unique environment, living untouched by the charm of the scheme. In the light of this reality, after lots of sketches, the final idea came up in the form of a soft crooked line made by a fleeting watercolor monocondyle. This motion was designed and engraved in the plot resembling the mark of a sharp yet gentile cut from a Katana sword, thus giving its name Casa Katana.

The movement and sharpness of this crooked archetype take shape in the form of a continuous concrete blade that delimits the borders of the property and provides a broader view in two basic directions. All the elements of the composition are crafted in accordance with this crooked trace that acts as the backbone of the residence. The elements are designed dynamically in concern of the Northwest winds that take place in the area and they are sized in a melodious analogy that provides motion to the whole composition and gives the feeling of a futuristic yet minimal structure. The building has an overall aerodynamic form as it was sculpted from the local winds for years taking a natural inclination towards the East.

house under the hill

Casa Katana is cautiously placed above the rock formations of the site and high enough to provide unobstructed views and privacy at the same time. In order to present superb thermal and sustainable behavior is partially underground and carefully studied according to the Mediterranean-North African climatic conditions, sunlight movement, and orientation. Natural light and ventilation are being filtered carefully giving a natural feeling and well-being to the residents.

The basic material is a colored concrete mixture composed of local aggregates. Its surface is treated to resemble the palette of the landscape and the texture of the rocks. Αt the same time it provides durability, low embodied energy, and minimum possible preservation. Furthermore, the colored concrete contributes a monolithic feeling and aesthetic to the structure giving a cave sense to the resident.

The user approaches the building from the underground, the entrance is transferring the user to the interior where a play of light and shadow unfolds in an experience of discovering. Following the trail of the slab, the living areas and the rooms are revealed, offering stops and views. Since the Cretan climate promotes outdoor living a large part of the house is dedicated to the outdoor and semi-outdoor spaces in an open layout. Window frames open up to a logic of a semi-outdoor transition so that the whole house operates passively during the summer months.

The user approaches the building from the underground, the entrance is transferring the user to the interior where a play of light and shadow unfolds in an experience of discovering. Following the trail of the slab, the living areas and the rooms are revealed, offering stops and views. Since the Cretan climate promotes outdoor living a large part of the house is dedicated to the outdoor and semi-outdoor spaces in an open layout. Window frames open up to a logic of a semi-outdoor transition so that the whole house operates passively during the summer months.

contemporary residence with pool

The resident is inspired to live and explore the natural charm of Southern Crete combined with a bespoke architectural experience. The challenge in architecture is to design a residence that combines reason and dream.

A residence must possess the functional character according to the rules of building and bioclimatic design but at the same time must be able to speak to the human soul.

Casa Katana is a refuge in the landscape made of the myths and the soil of the Cretan land. As if it were made to live in its bowels a Minotaur and the engravings of movements, like another thread of Ariadne, lead your way inwards and from there back out towards the light of the Libyan Sea.

living room with panoramic sea view
minimalistic living room with sea view
modern interior design idea
open courtyard
master bedroom interior design
futuristic residence with angular pool
house with illumination at night
black and white concept drawing
Casa Katana in Crete, Greece by Konstantinos Stathopoulos / KRAK. architects
ground floor plan drawing
architectural concept drawing

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