Designed by Stockholm-based architecture studio OOAK, Patio House cantilevers delicately over a dramatic plot of land with direct views of the windsurfers on the beach of Afiarti.
It is in the wild and untamed landscape of southern Karpathos in Greece that a Paris-based couple decided to establish Patio House, among jagged rock and wind-battered bush.In the exterior of the house, OOAK has deftly separated the man-made from the organic. The house's exterior, rendered with reinforced concrete, nestles gently against the salt-hewn rock.
The brutalist architecture is offset by signs of warmth inside, where plastered walls and stone floors offer a tactile riposte to the rugged terrain outside. A soft green timber kitchen offers a splash of color. In the living room are a woven rug and hand-painted plates hanging over an oversized family dining table. Beneath the main structure lies a second plateau with a large outdoor terrace and theatrical dining area. It is the views from within the home that draw attention, formed by a tableau of windows ranging from floor-to-ceiling to smaller frames, each giving the impression that the entire home is floating over the ocean.