Vacation house of K. Papapanayotou
48th km. on the Athens-Sounion road, Anavyssos,
Aris Konstantinidis (1913-1993)
This little house belonging to military officer K.
Papapanayotou was a landmark of 20th century Greek architecture. Created
by the radical architect Aris Konstantinidis, it is an exemplary combination
of the modern spirit of the times with the ethos of the countrys
long tradition, a typical example of Konstantinidiss "genuine
modern architecture" which created "containers of life"
through a common building structure so as to stand in the landscape
as though theyd been planted there.
The house was built virtually on the sea, on a small rocky cape. It
has a square plan organised on a grid of 2x5 m. for the closed space,
which includes a living room with fireplace, bedroom, bath and kitchen,
and 2x3 m. for the L-shaped portico that surrounds the west and northeast
sides of the house.
The treatment of the façades is simple and robust. The only materials
are the visible concrete of the flat roof i.e. the slab with
the inverted beams, and the structural walls of well-dressed stone.
The human scale, simple volume, austerity of form and harmonious incorporation
into the landscape have given this little country home a timeless character,
and made it a symbol of covering basic needs. Thus it has retained its
value beyond the era or the people who created it.