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Το αρχιτεκτονικό γραφείο alma architects ιδρύθηκε το 2019 στην Τήνο, από τις Αλεξάνδρα και Μαργαρίτα Σημαντήρη. 



Σε κάθε στάδιο της δημιουργικής πορείας ενός έργου, στοχεύουμε, μεσω του διαλόγου και της διαρκούς ανάλυσης, να κατανοήσουμε και να ικανοποιήσουμε την μοναδικότητα του τρόπου ζωής του κάθε πελάτη. Θέλουμε ο τελικός χώρος να αποτελεί μία νέα δυνατή και αισθητηριακή εμπειρία για εκείνον που τον κατοικεί. 

Παράλληλα, η αγάπη και ο σεβασμός μας για το φυσικό περιβάλλον, αποτελεί πάντα τον πυρήνα και βασική αρχή σε κάθε μας αρχιτεκτονικό ταξίδι, από την δημιουργία του design concept μέχρι την ολοκλήρωση της κατασκευής.  Πιστεύουμε ότι η βιωσιμότητα του αρχιτεκτονικού έργου έγκειται στην εναρμόνιση του με τα ιδιαίτερα χαρακτηριστικά γνωρίσματα του τόπου ( φυσικού και δομημένου) όπου καλούμαστε να το εντάξουμε, συμβάλλοντας έτσι στην διατήρηση και ανάδειξη της ταυτότητας του.

Casa Mare

Localtion:
Lychnaftia | Tinos island, Cyclades
Build Area:
~ 200 sqm
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D.A. 33

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R+A

Localtion:
Lychnaftia | Tinos island, Cyclades
Build Area:
~ 100 sqm
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Αιώρησις

Localtion:
Ormos Ysternion | Tinos island, Cyclades
Build Area:
~ 585 sqm
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Plot Area:
~ 590 sqm

In the bay of Ysternion, in Tinos, on an imposing rock in front of the sea, stands a building constructed in the 80's, originally intended to serve as a hotel. This is the reason for its current image.

This specific location was the core for the approach of the architectural design.  The aim is to improve its aesthetics and to respond to modern residential needs, especially in the summer season, by designing independent luxury residences. 

      During the first visits to the project site and moving around the inside , what was clearly captured was the sense of floating that it exudes. We chose to keep and emphasize this feeling mainly through the redesign of the exteriors, which had been damaged. 
     In order to restore its total appearance, to reduce its size and make it appear as a continuity of the rock, the two lower levels were covered with stone, of the same tone as that on which it rests, in order to integrate it into the surrounding area. 
      The direct interaction with the coastal landscape of the bay of Ysternia led to the choice of the palette of materials used, with the main characteristic being the use of metal corten in the cladding of the balcony and parapets.      The characteristic of this material is that it has the effect of the external environment and corrosion on its surface, so it is in direct agreement and dialogue with the effect of the sea on the structure. This is an attempt to reflect the transformation that the passage of time brings to the structure from the beginning.
      Morphologically, the dialogue with the sea can be seen in the wave that is attempted to be created by the sequence of the extrusions and the alternation of their shape, both along the same level and per level.  The metal balconies are enclosed by architectural projections that frame the view of the sea and reinforce this architectural
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      Building-wise, the project involves the design of eight independent residences, divided into two on each level of the building. Each house is designed to serve four people and includes a living, kitchen and dining area and two bedrooms with two bathrooms. Particular emphasis was placed on creating, of sufficient area, outdoor spaces and outdoor living areas.
 

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Archetype

Localtion:
Arnados | Tinos island, Cyclades
Build Area:
~220sqm
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~700sqm

The study concerns the design of a complex of three residences within the traditional settlement of Arnados, in the Municipality of Tinos.
The main factors were to make the best possible use of the southern sunlight and the view, protection from the northern winds and at the same time integration into the topography of the area and the particular architectural settlement environment.
At the same time, the aim is for each of them to operate independently, ensuring their privacy, but the combination of the three to form a single whole and reflect the sense of belonging to it.  We have therefore chosen to design the houses on either side of two imaginary axes, which in fact represent the main axes of movement to and from them . These axes separate the volumes from each other but at the same time unify them at their intersection. The above intersection point, acts as a focal point for the residents to meet and socialize and is the gathering point for all the collective activities of the complex ( communal bosom and ancillary spaces). Finally, in order to integrate the building into the topography, a scaling of the volumes is sought, starting from the street level and following the slope of the ground.
More specifically, the project concerns the design of three detached houses, one two-storey and two ground floor with basement. The placement of the houses on the plot was made with a view to the best possible integration into the traditional settlement, without harming the adjacent properties and respecting the scale of the site as follows: The two-storey dwelling is placed in the north-western part of the plot, at the junction of the country road and the municipal road - path, which is adjacent to the western boundary of the property. Through the above design proposal and not covering the entire northern boundary of the plot with a building, it is sought to protect ,to the maximum extent possible, the view of the building located upstream of the road. At the same time, a second volume - an architectural projection - is created in this building, with reference to the geometric openings found in the dovecotes of Tinos. With respect to the above traditional architecture, an attempt is made to borrow these characteristics in order to highlight them through modern design and appropriate lighting. Each of the remaining two houses consists of two levels, ground floor and basement.
The design of the openings was made with a view to the best connection between the interiors and the open-air - courtyards and the framing of the particular characteristics and views towards the surrounding area : the view towards the surrounding settlements , the sea and the dovecote to the west of the house.  Finally, to improve the quality of ventilation and lighting of the underground spaces, the skylights on the respective basement facades contribute to the improvement of the ventilation and lighting quality, as well as the creation of a skylight space in the residential areas with the basements.

The materials chosen are natural and rough, which maintain a simplicity but at the same time enhance the dynamics of the design and emphasize its geometry. Stone is used in the main axis of the composition, with main reference to the material of the site. At the same time, this material is chosen to clad some of the volumes of the houses, in order to emphasize their cubic character and highlight the individual elements that are in dialogue with them. More specifically, the volume on the street is clad in stone, so that the element of architectural projection, with reference to the openings of the dovecotes, develops a dialogue between the stone and the coloured plaster of which it is made. Finally, the western volume of the western dwelling of the complex is also clad in masonry, in order to highlight its pure cubic character, a geometry prevalent in the archetypal buildings of the island ( cells - farmhouses ). Continuing and with the use of local materials in mind, grey marble is used in the presses and aprons of the openings ( doors and windows) , which remain external and visible in order to be imprinted on the facades of the project. Finally, the pergolas in the courtyards of the houses will be made of wood.  All the above colour tones and external geometric features are drawn from the palette offered by the natural and residential environment of Tinos.
 

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Rad Houses

Localtion:
Avges | Tinos island, Cyclades
Build Area:
~ 215 sqm
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Plot Area:
~ 4.800 sqm

The effort ,on the study,  is made to integrate the houses into the natural and residential environment, so that the houses that will be erected will interact with it in a gentle way and without the desire to impose.
The main design axes are the best possible use of the southern sunlight and the view, protection from the northern winds and at the same time the removal from the road network with which the parcel is adjacent on its northern side.
At the same time, the aim is for each one to ensure its privacy but the combination of the three to form a single whole.  Therefore, we chose to place the houses at an angle to each other with a simultaneous rotation of the imaginary central axis of each one . This shape is reinforced by the masonry walls, which form the main axes of the composition.
More specifically, the project concerns the design of three detached houses with swimming pools, with a total area of 214.92 sq.m.. Each dwelling consists of two levels, ground floor and basement. The interior design and the configuration of the spaces of each has a similar structure as they consist on the ground floor level of a kitchen, living room, WC, bathroom and one or two bedrooms, while in the basement are the auxiliary spaces of these : mechanical rooms, storage rooms and wc. At the ground floor level, both the view of the living areas and the view of the bedrooms of each dwelling consist of large sections of glazing, which serve to eliminate the boundary between the interior and exterior environment, ensuring the best possible natural lighting for the living of the users and the creation of larger open spaces during the summer period. At the same time, it is proposed to install movable wooden shades on the outside of the courtyards, which on the one hand protect the outdoor and indoor areas from solar radiation and on the other hand help to ensure that the facades of the buildings are constantly changing according to the user and the passage of time, both in terms of the daytime and the season. In addition, this element reduces the scale of the glazing in the overall composition. Finally, the improvement in the quality of ventilation and lighting of the underground spaces is enhanced by the use of skylights on the respective sides of the basement and the creation of a lightwell in each house.
Regarding access to the residences, initially the user approaches and enters the open space of the plot from the entrance created at the western boundary of the plot. The location of this access was chosen in order to be more protected from the main road. Then, through the landscaping, the entrance to each detached house is made through an external corridor along the main volume of each house. This corridor is defined by the main volume of each dwelling and by the masonry wall, which forms the boundary between it and the adjacent dwelling. At the same time, the shading of this route is achieved by the construction of a pergola made of concrete beams, which are a continuation of the roof slab material of the buildings. As regards access to the basement area, this is provided from inside the house via a staircase. The roof above this staircase, like the external corridor, is made of concrete beams with sections of glazing between them. The purpose of the above is to provide more natural light to the basement space.
The materials chosen are natural and rough, which maintain a simplicity but at the same time enhance the dynamics of the design and emphasize its geometry. On the main vertical axes, stone is used, with main reference to the material of the site , while on the intersecting horizontal slabs, exposed concrete is used. The exterior and interior walls are made of coloured plaster in RAL 9003 in light tones while the window frames are in RAL olive green . Finally, the movable sunshades located on both sides of each house will be made of wood.  All the above colour tones are drawn from the palette offered by the natural and rough environment of Tinos and enhance the integration of the construction into it.
 

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Soma

Localtion:
Lympera | Tinos island, Cyclades
Build Area:
~480 sqm
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~6000 sqm

Sōma is a compound from the words solid mass and a conceptual synonym from the etymology of the ancient Greek “body”. The building is integrated with the ground creating the ultimate unity.
The dynamics of the above is stated through the angled engravings, turning the composition into a landscape architecture. The steep, rough and rocky landscape of Tinos was the inspiration for these engravings which define the points where the ground rises to reveal its essence.

 

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Sōma is a compound from the words solid mass and a conceptual synonym from the etymology of the ancient Greek “body”. The building is integrated with the ground creating the ultimate unity.

The dynamics of the above is stated through the angled engravings, turning the composition into a landscape architecture. The steep, rough and rocky landscape of Tinos was the inspiration for these engravings which define the points where the ground rises to reveal its essence.

The sense of complete integration is also reinforced by the accesses. The user initially perceives the landscape by moving across it, gathering sensations from the materials, nature and views that compose it. He then enters it through the slots created by the movement stairs, in order to go to the level of the main spaces of the residence, where the sensation of surprise, of revealing the landscape for the second time, takes place.

The three subterranean residences follow the above geometry in such a way that they all take advantage of the southern orientation, framing along their entire length the view towards the bay of St. John. At the same time, the slope of the land favours the avoidance of direct visual contact between them, making each one completely private.

In plan, the layout is linear, while the facades, consisting of large sections of glazed windows throughout the height of the space, eliminate any boundary between inside and outside. The porches, in continuity with the roof slab, extend along their entire length, penetrating into the ground and emphasizing the geometry of the composition.  At the same time, they serve to shade and protect the spaces from intense sunlight.
 
Each residence consists of an open plan living and dining area, while on either side of it are bedrooms with private bathrooms and utility rooms. All the spaces have visual escapes to the sea and the Aegean Sea, while the outdoor space with the submerged seating areas and the swimming pools follow the angled engravings, having reference to the largest part of the house.

The materials, rough and natural, have reference to the qualities and textures of the place and reflect its spirit. The stone retaining walls and building facades are intertwined with walls and linear elements of plaster, in earthy tones, which, combined with the existing planting of thyme and topiary, capture the dynamics of the Tinian landscape.



 
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θeρος

Localtion:
Arnados | Tinos island, Cyclades
Build Area:
~ 400 sqm
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~ 1525 sqm

The study concerns the design of two residences with guesthouses and small-scale swimming pools within the traditional settlement of Arnados, in the Municipality of Tinos.
The primary material for the creative process was, on the one hand, the "handmade" natural environment of Tinos, with the countless "stairs and, on the other hand, the buildings known as ‘kelia’, which are found throughout the island and are fully integrated as a form with this landscape.
Based on all of the above, a grounding of the architectural composition is sought in a variety of ways:
The residences are structured on one level, throughout their entire length and are adapted to the natural environment, leaving the second to continue its natural presence on either side and above them. All four houses are developed on the east-west axis, with the northern side of the houses joining the ground, protecting the buildings from the wind and at the same time revealing the southern side to the view of the surrounding settlements and the Aegean Sea.
Overall, the composition aims to reinforce the inseparable connection between landscape and residence, through both the human experience of them, which starts from the path and continues with the transition from it through the plot of land to the open space of the residence first and then inside it.
Highlighting all those features that make up the rural landscape of the area was the central design focus: The path - a backbone, which runs along the entire length of the north-eastern boundary of the plot, is the one that connects the settlement with the intervention area and leads in a chain from one house to the other.
Each of the residences consists of a linear arrangement of volumes, on the east-west axis, alternating both in terms of their cladding material (white plaster and stone) and in terms of their position, with the second ones moving back to the north. In this way, the houses are organically tied to the ground, turning their backs to the air and creating protected open spaces, while also taking advantage of the view of the surrounding settlements and the Aegean Sea. All of the above leads to a compact pattern of architectural, geometric and topographical features of the Tinian natural and man-made landscape.
Starting from house A,  access to it begins from the stepped municipal path. The resident then enters the plot and on foot approaches the first stone cube, which acts as a patio and entrance threshold to the house. In this way a sensory escalation is sought in terms of the resident's perception from the outside to the inside.. On the outside, in the recesses created by the retreat of the volumes, the open spaces of the house, such as the living and dining room, are designed, as well as green spaces with olive trees.
In continuation of the open space of dwelling A, the transition to dwelling B - the guest house - is made. This dwelling, is of smaller surface area. In terms of volume, it is chosen here to emphasize the cube shape, made of stone, in reference to the archetypal form of stone cells found on the island.
Finally, we find the remaining two houses. The entrance is also made here from the same path that runs through the plot to the east. Between dwelling C and D, a space is planned with a stone perimeter, which has the role of a connecting link between them, as a patio - threshold. This space, leads to the entrances of the two houses in opposite directions. House D, consists of two-room rooms ( living room - kitchen) and a bedroom and bathroom area in continuation of the previous ones. In house C the entrance is placed in the living room area. This volume, is located in the center of the floor plan. This design was intended to provide privacy to the bedroom spaces by dividing them at the two ends.
The dormers of the white render-faced volumes continue the natural ground with the planting that the study area displays, so that the overall image does not impose itself on the larger whole and is in harmony with it
The materials chosen are natural and rough and serve the architectural design, capturing and emphasizing the geometric shapes chosen and the perception of the set of sensory stimuli it wants to evoke. The alternation of volumes is emphasized by the alternation of stone and white plaster on them. The stone is chosen to clad the volumes with the cubic character so that the reference to the cells is evident. Continuing and with the use of local materials in mind, grey marble is used in the presses and aprons of the openings ( doors and windows) , which remain external and visible in order to be imprinted on the facades of the project. Finally, the pergolas in the courtyards of the houses will be made of wood.  All the above colour tones and external geometric features are drawn from the palette offered by the natural and residential environment of Tinos.

 

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Καθικιες

Localtion:
Voliano | Tinos island, Cyclades
Build Area:
~ 80 sqm
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21.000 sqm
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santorini

Localtion:
Foinikia | Santorini, Cyclades
Build Area:
~ 400 sqm
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Plot Area:
~ 500 sqm
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Alexandra Simantiri
civil engineer
email: al@alma-architects.gr
Margarita Simantiri
architect engineer
email: ma@alma-architects.gr
 

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