What it's like to live in a house like a sculpture gallery - Wishevoke

What it’s like to live in a house like a sculpture gallery

When I was first invited to the house in question, I was speechless: a perfect rectangle with a front door that opened with a trick that would make James Bond jealous.

A dream house in which not even half the discord reigns. Wherever the eye falls, it rests.

A house that is ahead of its time and that, despite being built twenty years ago, has stood the test of time and shows no signs of wear. The epitome of sustainability, a study in minimalism and wellness.

The truth is that I would be extremely stressed if I lived in it because I would be constantly afraid of dirtying it or adding something that would alter its simple lines.

As if there was a sign at the entrance saying: “Only the regulars, the minimalists, the moderates of this life are admitted.” To the Epicureans”.

For me, simplicity is an aesthetic point of view and in every construction I aim to achieve a lot with economical means. I am also interested in the practicality and functionality of the building.

The house was built and lived in by a renowned architect who had no desire to show it or give an interview. I admit that I was persistent and persuaded him to talk, keeping his identity a secret. As Giorgos Heimonas used to say: “Let no one know how we lived / Let no one know where we come from / And let no one know how we died.”

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— Although you are an accomplished architect, you have not built many residential buildings. Why;
I only built three houses: a friend’s, my daughter’s and this one. I never tried to build houses because I felt that I should also be the mediator of the family. That is, the owners would disagree among themselves and somewhere in the middle I would look for mutually acceptable solutions. Furthermore, collaboration is almost impossible if they have chosen the architect more or less at random, without any particular knowledge of his style and work.

— But how difficult is it for an architect to build his own house?
There was an old building on this property, which gave me the dilemma of renovating it and accepting the result or demolishing it and making it my residence, as I really want. Finally it happened in the second moment.

— Have you advanced a concept? Was there an original idea?
Yes. We were a family of three and until then we lived in a house of 80 m2 in which we were happy. The living room and the dining room were connected, two rooms that we combined into one. It was really a pleasant house with views from the windows and access to the garden. Therefore, I thought I wanted to maintain the same feeling of coziness and so the new residence was created with this logic in mind. In addition, the plot was small, there was no point in dividing the volumes. Strictly respecting the shape, I created a rectangle that is completely closed on the north side so that there is no loss of temperature, and on the top floor I added an atrium that provides natural light. I chose Travertino stone cladding for the walls because I like the warm feel of stone. These were the key design decisions.

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— Have you studied lighting yourself at home?
No, I assigned it to architectural lighting researcher Mr. Giorgos Fatsea, who is an excellent scientist. I didn’t want to do any special studies myself and I think I worked with leading scientists to do that.

— It is clear that you are for minimalism.
For me, simplicity is an aesthetic point of view and in every construction I aim to achieve a lot with economical means. I am also interested in the practicality and functionality of the building. A home is a sanctuary designed to provide respite from the intense and often stressful modern lifestyle and to be the welcoming center of our private and family lives.

— Did you hire an interior designer for the interior design?
I designed the interiors myself. An architect who creates his personal space usually places his personal aesthetic not only on the building exterior, but even more on the interior, which he curates, giving it its character down to the smallest details. This captures his own temperament, even his moods.

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— However, it is common for one person to do the architectural design and another to do the interior design.
Especially in large projects and luxury residences. But the house is a very sensitive matter. When someone makes something of their own, it is what they have dreamed of their whole life and they definitely want to be part of the process. So it is not left to the architect to decide everything. He also wants to give the interior his own personal touch. For example, he takes care of the bathrooms and chooses the tiles. Just as he chooses the tiles in the bathroom, he continues with the curtains and the furniture. However, in this way the house takes on many “faces”, it is full of different voices and aesthetics and often loses its character. However, it expresses and satisfies the aesthetics of the user.

— The house must therefore be completely taken over by a man.
Not necessarily. Those involved in design decisions and decisions, typically the architect and the interior designer, must understand the aesthetics and personality of the user and balance their suggestions with these so that they are optimally expressed and implemented. Your creative vision must match the dream of the user who will experience it.

— I notice that you don’t have any figurative paintings on the walls, just sculptures.
In fact, they are all Greek sculptors. Personally, painting doesn’t inspire me as much as sculpture. I particularly like the embossing. I knew which sculptors I wanted in my space and invested in them. I wanted Takis, Giorgos Lappa, Sofia Vari, Chrysa; the works of all these artists have found their place.

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— So that you do not change the position of the furniture or the decoration.
NO. Many pieces of furniture are actually attached to concrete. For example, I don’t want the dining table to move. I don’t like “shake the table here a little, shake it like that.” I feel comfortable when things stay in place.

— Were you influenced by Greek architects?
I was certainly influenced in many ways by Alexandros Tombazis, in whose office I worked in the early years of my career and with whom I collaborated several times thereafter. Undoubtedly, I also learned a lot from my professors at the Polytechnic. But I believe that my role models were more the great protagonists of international modernity. There are varying degrees to which an architect is influenced. I believe that the first level of intelligence is copying. The second degree is what you copied to improve it, to add something special to it. Third: to create in an almost completely radical way. But now we are entering another era, that of artificial intelligence, which, in my opinion, will take architecture to another level.

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— Where is architecture headed with artificial intelligence?
I believe that artificial intelligence will transform the architect’s creative process. We have already used it in the office and you see that it leads you to quick results and to things you had not thought of. That’s why I believe that at some point in the future many tasks will be automated. You receive a plot of land, receive the coordinates from the land registry and receive the building requirements directly from the computer. You give the command “I want a house with three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a living room, I want the entrance from there and I want it to look like this”, you press the button and you get two, three, five, ten options based on your orders After you’re done, which will take fifteen minutes, press another button and the calculations, the frames, will be done. A very large part of the design package is automated and coordinated.

— But it sounds a bit far-fetched.
Not as much. When cell phones first came out, I always maintained that one day there would be a cell phone that would record video, talk to you and execute commands, play music and read the newspaper. A friend and I bet that she would give me a phone like this when it came out. This year I received a package that contained this cell phone.

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