H_orizon by VOIS Architects


Located on the island of Paros, Greece is the summer house H_orizon by the Athens based VOIS Architects. The name of the project is derived from the two basic elements of the design: the “H” constitutes the configuration of the building, which resembles the letter. The “Orizon,” comes from the main aim and need of the design to remain in constant connection to the open “orizon”.



The main volumes of H_orizon expand symmetrically along the southwest-southeast axis. Through a void thats created between the volumes, a frame is created that captures the energy of the site and views of the sea horizon. This characteristic remains as the focal point of H_orizon that places emphasis on the daily family activity in the house, as well as the movements of the natural scenery. Furthermore, it is a point in which various viewpoints begin and extend.



H_orizon is a minimalist getaway that maintains a continuous connection to the sea and horizon



H_orizon emerges from the landscape, that evolves linearly as a further extension to the house. The entrance to the house commences through an extended pathway that is enclosed by an inclined plane. In addition to this, a gradual walkway leads the visitor towards the main living area of the house.



The interior seating area is laid out on a recessed level in order to allow for unobstructed views of the landscape. The bedroom spaces and communal areas of H_orizon are located in a balanced manner on either side of the main axis of the house. A small pool is located just in front of the living area, in a linear direction towards the horizon.