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Weekend House
St. Epiphanios, Cyprus

The project situated deep in the forests of the Mahairas mountain range, serves as a weekend house to a retired couple and their extended family.  Made almost entirely of exposed reinforced concrete, and lined with solid wood floors and cabinetry, the 250m2 structure was designed to develop a symbiotic relationship with the rock formation it hangs on to. The entry zone is carved out of the rock, dictating a slow, gradual descent into the house, while the living spaces jet out, offering dramatic vistas to the tree lined valleys beyond. Lower level rooms are carved deep into the rock, while the spa room allows the pre-existing vine yard mountain stone walls to continue through the spaces.

This differential relationship with topography offers an intriguing, varied and dynamic relationship with the outdoors. Certain zones offer direct access to the outdoors, whilst others are either hovering over or submerged into the rock. The relationship to the outdoor areas changes further with the seasons, with the elements adding more to this haptic re-definition of the boundaries between the indoors and the outdoors.

Architects: Michael Cosmas Architecture
Project Architect: Michael Cosmas
Team: Antonis Antoniou, Hristina Armosti, Iro Demetriou.

Structural Engineering: EPS/ Nicos Kalathas
Mechanical Engineering: Mecone
Electrical Engineering: Mecone
Lighting: Hadjipavlou Lighting (indoors), LUCE Ataliotes (outdoors)


General Contractor: A&A Apostolides Contractors


Project Completed 2011