Stone house in Mani
Stone House in Mani
Design: Panagiotis Papanikolaou
Location: Mani I Lakonia
Size: 100 sqm
Built in the late 19th century, the stone house in Mani is located in a remote location overlooking the neighboring hills and olive groves of the surrounding area. The building is a typical example of local traditional architecture and was originally used as a farm house. Its ground floor was used as a stable while the upper floor hosted the main living spaces.
The aim of the project is to transform the building into a vacation house with respect to its history and traditional rural character. The worn out coating is removed from both exterior and interior walls in order to reveal the stone masonry that allows the building to blend with its natural environment. A new steel pergola is proposed on the south facade of the building in order to protect it from the intense summer heat.
The proposed layout uses the upper level as a main living and dining space that takes advantage of the larger openings and views to the landscape, while the ground floor is now used for accommodating two bedrooms and a bathroom. A new timber staircase connects the two levels unifying them in one housing entity. Natural materials such as timber and stone are used in the interiors in order to preserve the traditional character of the building.