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Dream House, Kefalari, Greece by Kipseli Architects

Project name:
Dream House
Architecture firm:
Kipseli Architects
Kefalari, Athens, Greece
Dimitris Kleanthis
Principal architect:
Kirki Mariolopoulou
Design team:
Chryssa Skiada, Ilias Romanas, Maria Melidi
Interior design:
Built area:
250 m²
Site area:
Design year:
Completion year:
Civil engineer:
Christos Papadopoulos
Structural engineer:
Environmental & MEP:
Venieris Stelios
Tools used:
Sotiris SA
Residential › House

Kipseli Architects: This house was designed with the primary aim to make its' owner's dream come true. The dream of a home that will fulfill all his functional needs and accommodate him and his family, but also will satisfy his deepest desires, even those raised from his subconscious.  The objective was to acquire all the vague images of the owners' whishes, creating the feeling of a home that oscillates between surrealism and realism. The architectural design here becomes a living organism that lives, breathes and acts in two parallel realities: the realistic and non-realistic, the functional and experiential, the perceptible and imaginary, the real and fictional, the comfortable and enjoyable, the conventional and non-conventional, the instrumental and qualitative, in other words the reality of the need and desire.

The house resembles a creation of imagination due to its' intensely dual image. The owner vacillates between his love for the old, classic and antique and his appreciation for contemporary architecture, simple geometric forms and the sense of purity. Therefore, through the architectural solution the old and new complement each other as two pieces of one puzzle. 

The only norm used to integrate two such opposing elements is monochrome architecture counter to the use of intense color in specific architectural elements. Beyond the aesthetic integration, the black n white contributes to the overcoming of realism. The house takes the form of a sketch that clearly reflects the owner's sense of a dream house with highlighted details. This project aims to be original and unique and cannot be multiplied, hence it belongs only to its' owner and his dreams.

By Alfredo Gonzalez

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