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Pastoral round stone dwellings inform Meganisi House by Hiboux Architecture on Meganisi island

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Pastoral round stone dwellings inform Meganisi House by Hiboux Architecture on Meganisi island

Five domed stone structures and a single main residence form this retreat in Katomeri Village on the Meganisi Island, Greece

Called Meganisi House, the house is designed by Greek architecture practice Hiboux Architecture who built the complex as a landscape-immersive retreat for groups who can embrace the nature together on the hexagonal stage (shala), train and gather around a common outside table, called the Piazza.

Pastoral round stone dwellings inform Meganisi House by Hiboux Architecture on Meganisi island

Image © Yiorgos Conidaris

The complex, encompassing a total of 292 square meters area, is comprised of a main residence at the center and five domed guest houses distributed around, which is covered by a steel canopy creating a contrast with the archaeological existing surface of the land.

Pastoral round stone dwellings inform Meganisi House by Hiboux Architecture on Meganisi island

A square grid canopy connects the scattered domed round volumes, while 42 existing olive trees on terraces are protected in between the structures. The trees are retained by dry-stack walls (xerolithies).

Pastoral round stone dwellings inform Meganisi House by Hiboux Architecture on Meganisi island

Image © Yiorgos Conidaris

The architects are inspired by "the pastoral round stone dwellings found in several places", some of the places are Eglouvi and Lefkada where the stone volumes appear and aim at conserving the terraced configuration of the ground, following the curved patterns. 

The studio payed respect to the pre-existing habitat of the place and used the same idea for a new retreat among the existing non-human living, including trees, or non-living, such as rocks entities, providing a minimum disturbance of these entities. 

Pastoral round stone dwellings inform Meganisi House by Hiboux Architecture on Meganisi island

Image © Yiorgos Conidaris

"None of the trees was cut or moved," said Hiboux Architecture.

"The steel canopy contrasts the almost archaeological existing surface of the land and its habitation as a protecting layer over it, acquiring a form so often found in the shepherds’ sheds of the Mediterranean landscape, a thin cover parallel to the inclination of the ground." 

"The steel canopy thin layer is a new ground, offset and planted. Thus the new is immersed in the preexisting," added the studio.

Pastoral round stone dwellings inform Meganisi House by Hiboux Architecture on Meganisi island

Image © Yiorgos Conidaris

The domed volume of the master bedroom and a two storey “watchtower” with accessible roof, form the main residence by means of glass curtain walls that ensure an inner heated space, which serves for living/dining and kitchen, while allowing the flow of the terraced land to traverse the entirety of the house. 

Pastoral round stone dwellings inform Meganisi House by Hiboux Architecture on Meganisi island

The indoors-outdoors continuity creates spaces valuing a living in the countryside.

Pastoral round stone dwellings inform Meganisi House by Hiboux Architecture on Meganisi island

Pastoral round stone dwellings inform Meganisi House by Hiboux Architecture on Meganisi island

Pastoral round stone dwellings inform Meganisi House by Hiboux Architecture on Meganisi island

Pastoral round stone dwellings inform Meganisi House by Hiboux Architecture on Meganisi island

Pastoral round stone dwellings inform Meganisi House by Hiboux Architecture on Meganisi island

Pastoral round stone dwellings inform Meganisi House by Hiboux Architecture on Meganisi island

Pastoral round stone dwellings inform Meganisi House by Hiboux Architecture on Meganisi island

Pastoral round stone dwellings inform Meganisi House by Hiboux Architecture on Meganisi island

Pastoral round stone dwellings inform Meganisi House by Hiboux Architecture on Meganisi island

Pastoral round stone dwellings inform Meganisi House by Hiboux Architecture on Meganisi island

Pastoral round stone dwellings inform Meganisi House by Hiboux Architecture on Meganisi island

Pastoral round stone dwellings inform Meganisi House by Hiboux Architecture on Meganisi island

Pastoral round stone dwellings inform Meganisi House by Hiboux Architecture on Meganisi island

Pastoral round stone dwellings inform Meganisi House by Hiboux Architecture on Meganisi island

Pastoral round stone dwellings inform Meganisi House by Hiboux Architecture on Meganisi island

Pastoral round stone dwellings inform Meganisi House by Hiboux Architecture on Meganisi island

Pastoral round stone dwellings inform Meganisi House by Hiboux Architecture on Meganisi island

Pastoral round stone dwellings inform Meganisi House by Hiboux Architecture on Meganisi island

Pastoral round stone dwellings inform Meganisi House by Hiboux Architecture on Meganisi island

Pastoral round stone dwellings inform Meganisi House by Hiboux Architecture on Meganisi island

Pastoral round stone dwellings inform Meganisi House by Hiboux Architecture on Meganisi island

Pastoral round stone dwellings inform Meganisi House by Hiboux Architecture on Meganisi island

Pastoral round stone dwellings inform Meganisi House by Hiboux Architecture on Meganisi island

Pastoral round stone dwellings inform Meganisi House by Hiboux Architecture on Meganisi island

Pastoral round stone dwellings inform Meganisi House by Hiboux Architecture on Meganisi island

Concept diagram

Pastoral round stone dwellings inform Meganisi House by Hiboux Architecture on Meganisi island

General plan

Pastoral round stone dwellings inform Meganisi House by Hiboux Architecture on Meganisi island

Guest houses floor plan

Pastoral round stone dwellings inform Meganisi House by Hiboux Architecture on Meganisi island

Main house floor plan

Pastoral round stone dwellings inform Meganisi House by Hiboux Architecture on Meganisi island

Cross section

Pastoral round stone dwellings inform Meganisi House by Hiboux Architecture on Meganisi island

Longitudinal section

Pastoral round stone dwellings inform Meganisi House by Hiboux Architecture on Meganisi island

South elevation

Ηiboux Architecture is a team of architects who have been working together since 2005. 

Through their parallel explorations of spatial concepts drawn from other disciplines - such as the humanities, fine arts, performing arts, and spatial theory, the practice seeks to broaden the practice of architecture. 

Project facts

Project name: Meganisi House

Architects: Ηiboux Architecture 

Location: Elia, Meganisi Island, Greece

Lead Architects: Hiboux Architecture (Dimitris Theodoropoulos, Marianna Xyntaraki, Maria Tsigara)

Collaborating architect / Project Manager: Stefanos Kalopisis

Supervision: Dimitris Theodoropoulos, Marianna Xyntaraki

Civil Engineer: Athanasios Kontizas

Mechanical Engineer: Antonis Togkas

Contractor: Plethron Constructions

Interior Design: Hiboux Architecture, Yannis Machairas

Furnishing and Equipment:  Hiboux Architecture, Yannis Machairas

Landscape Design: Daphne Kokkini, Werkraum

Lighting design: ASlight, Anna Sbokou, Marianna Mourla

Owner: private

Plot Surface: 7052,16sqm

Project Surface: 291,59sqm

Timeline: 2018-2019

Completion date: 2021

All images © Yannis Drakoulidis unless otherwise stated. 

All drawings © Hiboux Architecture.

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