New Santorini homes built with treated volcanic ash

The jury winner in the “Unbuilt Hospitality” category at Architizer’s A+ 2022 Awards goes to these gorgeous townhouses designed by iraisynn Attinom for Santorini in Greece. The island of Thira in the Aegean is now home to these stunning sustainable dwellings that mimic local architecture.

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According to the architects, the design goals were to include protection from northwest winds, a view of the sea and the volcanic landscape of the Mediterranean as well as the privacy of the residents. In addition, Santorini is part of a group of islands that are remnants of a volcanic caldera.

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Evening sky with clouds over stays

In order to achieve their goals, the houses follow a cubist design that follows the slope of the rocky plot while resembling the traditional houses on the island slopes. Eight monolithic rectangular volumes make up these summer houses along with arched roofs, semi-open spaces, private courtyards and swimming pools.

Backyard in the complex

Each residential unit has two main volumes, one for the living room and kitchen and the other for the bedrooms and private bathrooms on the upper floor. There is also a master suite and a secondary bedroom.

Outside stay at night

The structures are made of local stone and masonry in order to use as many local materials as possible and to keep the project sustainable. The thick outer stone walls absorb and retain heat during the day and distribute it at night. For wall covering, builders use ecological and natural plaster called korasani, which was used in ancient Greece. The light white color of the stucco reflects the solar radiation to prevent overheating of the interiors during the day. Moreover, the plaster contains Santorini volcanic ash and ceramic natural stone powder.

Front yard seating area

The main doors and windows are located at the east end of each building. North windows are small to help ventilate and cool homes during the hot summer months. In the attic, a skylight based on local architecture helps ventilate hot air on the upper floors during hot nights.

A walkway surrounded by a pond and the sea in the distance

For more shade, wooden pergolas, reeds, climbing plants and trees will be planted around the houses. The trend of homes also takes advantage of summer winds and swimming pools to cool the complex.

Inside a dwelling with a large arched window

In addition to these traditional building methods that adapt homes to the local climate, terraces collect and store rainwater.

The main suite in a Santorini house

The home designed for this project, iraisynn Attinom, is located in Athens and was formed in 2010. The studio combines architecture with a focus on restoration, scenic design, terrain and construction in harmony with the landscape and human well-being.

Learn more about this unique studio on their website below.

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Photos via iraisynn attinom

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