Inside the traditional village of Gallos, near the town of Rethymno, on the island of Crete, four villas with private pools for both touristic and residential use are designed, following the natural orography of the ground.

  • Location: Rethymno – Greece
  • Project year: April 2020
  • Architectural plan: Arch. C. Armando – Arch. V. Spinoni

The main aim is to use traditional materials – stone, plaster, wood – and the shapes of Cretan architecture – small volumes, pitched ceramic mixed with flat roof, vertical openings – in a contemporary language.

The houses show an articulated elevation towards the public street at East: smaller volumes connected each other, with different levels to look like a traditional agglomerate of houses, while the Westside, more private and overlooking the swimming pool, is characterized by simpler and linear shapes, with bigger openings, however keeping a vertical ratio.

The entire complex will be surrounded by green areas with bigger plants on the Northside to create a private oasis protected by the neighbours. On the southern border is going to be a private street to permit access to the lower villa. As well a parking area will be placed on the Eastside, along the public street and next to the isolated house.