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Five houses at Parnassus Mountain - Roula Kotsilati  - Greece
  • Five houses at Parnassus Mountain - Roula Kotsilati  - Greece
  • Five houses at Parnassus Mountain - Roula Kotsilati  - Greece
  • Five houses at Parnassus Mountain - Roula Kotsilati  - Greece
Five houses at Parnassus Mountain - Roula Kotsilati - Greece


RIBA Chartered Architect with offices in Athens and Berlin. Graduate from De Montfort University in Leicester, UK (BA Arch) and South Bank University in London, UK (PG Dip Arch).

Roula Kotsilati Architecture was founded in 2004 providing outstanding works of architecture and interior design. Roula’s work has international influences and focuses at the innovation of form and technology with highly crafted and detailed designs, always considering architecture on a spatial, social and ecological level. Light is the hallmark of her design approach, which certainly goes back to her Greek origin.

Roula’s portfolio includes a wide range of scales, building typology and budget, such as residential blocks, luxurious private residences, industrial buildings and affordable housing. Every project environment is unique and inspired from the understanding of the contexts and local characteristics that stimulate the imagination without imposing a specific style. Each project is a result of a story to be told, a new expression of the contemporary codes that aspires to go beyond the expectations of the client.

Project Description

The project is located near the largest Ski Center in Greece close to a natural rocky stream, amongst fir and chestnut trees. The challenge here was to make an environmentally responsive architecture that blends with its surroundings. Like a grown-up tree, each house (150sqm) rises three storeys and is cupped off with a timber lean roof. Living areas are on the upper two levels, visually and physically connected to take advantage of unobstructed mountain views.

The choice of materials reflects the colours and fragrances of nature and the local palette of the traditional villages, with the use of local stone and chestnut timber, which comes from renewable plantations, sealed in plant-based oils and beeswax. An energy fireplace that allows heat to be ducted to the whole house maximizes passive heating. Excellent insulation is achieved by half-sinking the sleeping area into the ground, while the use of concrete and special double-mass fir timber in construction keeps the houses thermally stable. While remaining modest in their form, the houses still create dramatically lit interiors that extend out into the landscape.

Project nominated for the Mies Van Der Rohe Award 2013

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