Lydia Xynogala is a successful architect based in New York. In her projects, she explores relations between sites, materials, properties and cultural narrative at various scales.
Project House in Achladies is a residence situated in Greece, particularly in Achladie, on beautiful Skiathos Island. The house with a spectacular shape features parallel adjoining rooms, which are created by retaining walls. It is a common feature in the Mediterranean landscape.
On one side of the entranceway, the central volume on the triangular site houses a communal kitchen, dining area and lounge. On the other side, there are two guest bedrooms — one facing up the hill and the other pointed towards the ocean. "Each room sits at a different elevation following the topography and contains a dedicatedprogram. Access to the entry volume is located at the highest level of the site. This entry condition constitutes the first interior experience of the house, that of a viewing apparatus onto the sea,” described the architect. When being inside, the built-in furniture does not interfere with the viewer’s mind and leaves enough space to contemplate the surroundings and the presence of the sea.