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Savvas Sarafidis

Savvas Sarafidis

New York, NY, US

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"DESIGN A BEAUTIFUL HOUSE" COMPETITION

The purpose of our proposal is to deliver a fully functional and environmentally conscious building that fulfills the needs
and aesthetics of its users by sensitively and sensually adhering to the site character and the program specifics. 
A beautiful house is a not just a house. It is a home. And a home is not a place, it is an irrevocable condition, like
life. It is nature. 

Our beautiful house emerges from the natural state of the site and resembles nature.

First step of the design proces towards house emersion, was to analyze the site by identifying and drawing the perimeter of the
old golf course holes, within the trees and the greenery. Then, we selected five of them to further develop. The five holes
perimeter was simplified and transcribed into polylines that would serve as synthetic tool and diagram. 

The diagram, as grid, is then scaled, rotated and transposed onthe location of the old golf building, which will be demolished,
and surges towards the lake. 

A beautiful house is a beautiful landscape. It has many bends, many ups and down, hills and canyons. That’s its beauty. 
Our house is conceived as a complex landscape of neighboring hills with canyons among them. The diagram polylines are
extruding into planes towards the sky creating the hills, while the void among them is fulfilled by planes intruding into the earth,
creating canyons. The massing of the future house is created this way, gushing from the land. With the help of both a virtual and
a physical model, the various possibilities of spatial organization are explored within the proposed massing. 

A beautiful house is above all else, a condition of existing, of walking, talking, reading, smelling, eating, dancing, painting, playing, 
meeting and interacting with other people in familiar environment. It is movement and change and passion, the miracle of life. 

Common and private activities, uses, are organized freely and flowing under the hilly roofs and around the canyon 
voids in curvilinear succession, like a river that runs through them. Secondary and supporting uses are crammed at the foot
of the hills, while primary uses occupy the core of the complex. The canyons are translated into basement spaces, ramps and
pools that transcribe the house and interconnect the activities, both of the interior space but also of the exterior gardens. 
The final proposal embodies our vision of a beautiful house that is both introverted, offering welcome shelter and warmth in
a vast site but at the same time, also fluid and theoretically ever expanding to cover additional or future needs, within
the same process and concept of emergence. 

“Sometimes, when one is moving silently through such an utterly desolate landscape, an overwhelming hallucination can make one feel that oneself, as an individual human being, is slowly being unraveled. The surrounding space is so vast that it becomes increasingly difficult to keep a balanced grip on one's own being. The mind swells out to fill the entire landscape, becoming so diffuse in the process that one loses the ability to keep it fastened to the physical self. The sun would rise from the eastern horizon, and cut its way across the empty sky, and sink below the western horizon. This was the only perceptible change in our surroundings. And in the movement of the sun, I felt something I hardly know how to name: some huge, cosmic love.” 

― Haruki Murakami, the Wind-Up Bird Chronicle 

“I should say: the house shelters day-dreaming, the house protects the dreamer, the house allows one to dream in peace.” 

― Gaston Bachelard, the Poetics of Space

 
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Status: Competition Entry
Location: Great Britain

 
Concept /use diagram
Concept /use diagram
Physical concept model
Physical concept model
Basement Plan / level 0
Basement Plan / level 0
Ground Floor Plan / levels 1-5
Ground Floor Plan / levels 1-5
Siteplan
Siteplan
East Elevation
East Elevation
North Elevation
North Elevation
South Elevation
South Elevation
West Elevation
West Elevation
Garden View with Pool
Garden View with Pool
Interior view of living space
Interior view of living space