Silver House

Zakynthos / Greece / 2015

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Kefallonia. Cephalonia. The island was even described by Homer in ancient times. Its backbone culminates in a peak 1,628m high, in the midst of the Ionian Sea. Seen from the mainland, it surges out of the blue depths in an intense light, often coiffed with a veil of clouds. So when the opportunity arose to build a house facing this spectacle, the choice was obvious. The subject would of course be the island, framed by the house. From the initial sketches until its completion, the plans were developed around the view. From the terraces, the sitting room, the dining room, kitchen, bedrooms and bathrooms, the living space was oriented towards this fascinating seascape, which the architecture emphasises, making it even more theatrical.

In Greece, people live in the sunshine. Here we also have to accommodate the wind off the sea, from which the house had to be sheltered, as it clings to the hillside. Once this precaution was taken, the boundaries between interior and exterior became blurred. Immense sliding doors open the sitting and dining rooms onto the patio, thereby forming two covered terraces. Facing the Klein blue of the sea, the white rendering sparkles like the foam on the waves. Its chromatic contrast evokes the traditional houses of the Cyclades. Olivier Dwek reasserts this reference, convinced also of the need to draw inspiration from the history of vernacular architecture to fit harmoniously into our contemporary time.


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Kéfallonia. Céphalonie. Une île décrite par Homère déjà. Une épine dorsale qui culmine à 1628 m, à pic sur la mer Ionienne. Du continent, on la voit surgir des flots bleus, dans une lumière intense, souvent coiffée d’un voile de nuages. Alors, quand se présente l’opportunité de construire une maison face à ce spectacle, l’évidence s’impose. Le sujet, c’est l’île ; la maison, le cadre. Des premières esquisses à la concrétisation, le plan se construit autour d’une vue. Depuis les terrasses, le salon, la salle-à-manger, la cuisine, les chambres ou les salles de bains, toute la vie s’organise vers cette vision fascinante que l’architecture vient souligner pour la rendre plus théâtrale encore.

En Grèce, on vit sous le soleil. Ici, on compose aussi avec le vent de mer dont il a fallu abriter la maison, accrochée à flanc de coteau. Cette précaution prise, les frontières entre intérieur et extérieur s’estompent. D’immenses châssis coulissants ouvrent le salon et la salle à manger sur le patio, formant ainsi deux terrasses couvertes. Face au bleu Klein de la mer, le crépi blanc scintille comme l’écume et offre un contraste chromatique qui évoque les maisons traditionnelles des Cyclades. Une référence qu’Olivier Dwek revendique, convaincu par la nécessité de s’inspirer aussi de l’histoire vernaculaire de l’architecture pour s’inscrire avec justesse dans l’époque contemporaine.

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    Kefallonia. Cephalonia. The island was even described by Homer in ancient times. Its backbone culminates in a peak 1,628m high, in the midst of the Ionian Sea. Seen from the mainland, it surges out of the blue depths in an intense light, often coiffed with a veil of clouds. So when the opportunity arose to build a house facing this spectacle, the choice was obvious. The subject would of course be the island, framed by the house. From the initial sketches until its completion, the plans were...

    Project details
    • Year 2015
    • Work finished in 2015
    • Status Completed works
    • Type Single-family residence
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