- Project Info
Location: Heraklion, Greece
Architect In Charge: Eleftheria Tzanaki
Area: 418.0 sqm
Photographs: Erieta Attali
Structural Engineer: Manolis Matzapetakis
Mechanical Engineer: Spyros Makrakis
The two maisonettes have the same plan, some different interior decoration elements, adjusted to the personality of each owner. Each residence consists of two levels. All the public spaces of the residence are one united space: entrance, living room, dining room, kitchen. The main design element is the double height of the living and dining room, as well as the wall of 5.5 meters height, that is one major interior façade of the house and includes the bookcases, the fireplace, the bridge, which connects the upper level with a second entrance and gives the user the chance to watch the living space from bird view. In the lower level it is also placed the master bedroom, a bathroom and a storage space. In the upper floor are the rest private spaces: two bedrooms and a second bathroom. The residence has four verandas, as the Cretan climate allows the use of outdoor spaces for the most of the year.
Sustainable design elements of the apartments: the design of the building has as a major target the energy saving and the thermal comfort of its users. The three main facades have orientation east – south – west. The climate in Crete is quite warm: winter time is mainly from December till March. So, the main need is the cooling of the building and less the heating.
- The building has extra thermal insulation in its shell and in the terrace.
The glass panels of the openings are double, with a proper membrane for not letting the solar radiation to come into the space.
C. The double height space helps the hot air that always moves upper, to get out through the higher openings.
D. All the openings are quite big, so that to let the sun come inside during winter time. In contrary, during summer time, the sun is blocked from both the low-e glass openings and the horizontal dense louvers that create a mask outside of the residence.
E. The sustainable fireplace gives the opportunity for more heating, whereas there is an air-conditioning system for cooling that saves energy.
Materials: The structure of the building is made out of concrete. Moreover, white and light grey color is selected for the wall painting, in order to block the absorption of solar radiation. The horizontal louvers are made of aluminum, paintedgrey. In the interior space, the minimalist white is the protagonist that is in contrast with the wooden floors, which create calm but at the same time vivid living spaces.