House MC Alonisos

Set against the Aegean blue under the brightest Greek sun and amidst rocky embraces, lofty olives and herbs, the house dominates the Isomata area of Alonissos Island in Northern Sporades.

Four coarse volumes, randomly thrown, converse with one another in the latest technological comforts and the most authentic vernacular elements, adapted to the island’s current context.

The volumes, clad in local stone, in a perfect balance of colours, textures and materials, follow the coastline,  welcome  the East and look to the Sporades  Islands archipelago, in a particular relationship between landscape – building – sea.

Serving an endless game, where the inside flirts with the outside in an uninterrupted conversation, the volumes are joined internally by glass bridges. Invisible frames of high thermal insulation properties maximize the use of natural light. Large wooden decks link externally each volume to the next, and to the olive grove.

The most charming elements from the past are replicated with a fresh though respectful approach to Aegean architecture. Large, slate coated roofs with vernacular wooden trusses wisely hide the necessary rainwater collection.

Gauche dry stone walls support trees and herbs and adorn the olive grove, creating passages and niches for reading, playing, relaxation and chit-chat. In full cooperation and continuation of the main residence, the Spartan swimming pool stars in the communal areas, with stony hues and materials.

Internally, the selected blinding white shade and cement  elements  on  floors and  bathrooms  create continuous, uniform and clean surfaces. The latest high technology home equipment is put together  with Aegean vernacular  built-in elements,  providing maximum  comfort  to  this rental country house. Minimal yet rich in detail furniture  complete  the charming  scenery.

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Pebbles

Pebbles are made by nature since the beginning of the world, by constantly brushing natural stones with water movement, in rivers and in the sea costs.
They have various colors and sizes, depending on the stones being located in each area.
Specific colored pebbles are being made in quarries, which are broken in presses and then being processed as pebbles into big round tanks, until their final shape. Then pebbles are being separated and picked, depending on their size into different dimensions.
Pebbles are used as decorative in garden landscaping and in mosaic floors.

Flooring

Pebbles can transform the exteriors into a piece of art , as long as no cars are allowed to pass over .

Advantages:

  • Decrease the cement, allowing water flow.
  • Easy and quick construction
  • No need for continual maintenance
  • Natural products , with wide color range
  • Can be combined with lots of other stones
  • Can also be combined with plants and flowers

Approximately we have measured the quantity needed for surfaces :

  • 2-4cm approx. 15-20m2 per tone
  • 5-10cm approx. 8-10 m2 per tone

Associated links:

Alexander - Issos

Mosaics – Historic Evolution – Techniques

Reffering to mosaic patterns , we mean the total construction made by lots of small mosaic pieces (tesserae) glued together on a special surface . By this way we create a marvelous pattern in order to design interior/exterior walls and paving.

The art of mosaic , was invented when people used to decorate their floors with natural pebbles. Lots of ancient mosaic can be found in the area of Eastern Mediterranean and especially in the western coasts of Turkey and can be aged approximately on the 8th century B.C. Minoans also used to decorate walls and floors with mosaics and were experts on this art.

Archeologists discovered some very nice pieces which were made in the Greek and Roman ages (3rd -4th Century B.C) . People of the Eastern Mediterranean teach the art of mosaic to the Romans , on the 1st Century B.C and then to the whole Roman Empire. Romans where the first to use mosaics in walls, into caves , which they dedicated to the Muses (Mosaic). One well –known mosaic can be found in Pompeii , which presents the battle of Alexander the Great in Issos.
Mosaic art was also in its top, in Byzantine Empire. Byzantines also created mosaic patterns which they could move from a place to another, as paintings.

 

Materials used for Tesserae

 

• Natural stones ( pebbles, split ,marbles, granites, travertine, semi-precious stones)
• Glass (glass tesserae into a glass-made mosaic pattern , glass tesserae for classic mosaics , tesserae from transparent or colored glass)
• Artificial stones ( ceramic tesserae , artificial granite)

 

Mosaic – Techniques

Basic techniques of mosaic art as following:

  1. Direct construction on the liquid cement
  2. Reverse construction
  3. Construction on the net
  4. Construction on plasticine