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Olive Tree Prefab Home Follows Sun & Athos Views From a Hill

On a hill in an olive grove overlooking the sea and the monasteries of Mount Athos, Eva Sopeoglou designed a low-maintenance weekend home that reflects a season’s and a day’s evolving sunlight.

source/image(PrtSc): Kirsten Dirksen

The project is highly experimental and employs cutting-edge digital CAD/CAM technology in an innovative way. All building components were pre-fabricated, nevertheless, the design itself carefully considered the sun’s position to provide shading and to complement the views.

source/image(PrtSc): Kirsten Dirksen

The 3m by 7m rectangular plan is aligned to the cardinal points and it is sub-divided into smaller rooms. A corridor connects these spaces but also aligns with the adjacent olive trees which, thus, become integral to the house’s layout.


The exterior envelope is a lightweight metallic surface which wraps around and it is movable, to provide maximum flexibility, questioning the definition of inside and outside inhabitable space./Kirsten Dirksen

The envelope’s perforated textile-like pattern is inspired by the shade of the olive trees. As the sun moves during the day the interior spaces are filled with ever-changing shadows./Kirsten Dirksen