EB/Architects' proposal was a bold response to the challenge of designing two residences on a narrow strip of land with 45 degrees of slope.more
This two-house complex was designed by EB/Architects for the families of two New Jersey US raised sisters that repatriated and established a business together in Athens. One of the most important characteristics of the project was about the shape and the slope of the plot which is a narrow and extremely steep strip of land, accessed by two roads, one on the top and the other on the base of the plot.
Due to planning regulations both houses have a very narrow footprint. The one located on the top of the hill is accessed from its upper level, with a parking place found on a 'bridge' connecting the entrance with the road.
Both houses share some common characteristics, design, and construction-materials wise, following a simple but visually effective rule:
Volumes that are closer to or embedded to the ground are treated as solid concrete cubic forms defined by the rules of gravity which they fail to defeat, while volumes on the upper levels appear lighter, made-up by steel sections and glass that formulate bold and airy balcony constructions that provide almost panoramic views to the surrounding hills.