The project deals with the reconstruction of a very old two-story stone residence at the picturesque center of Parikia, the largest town on Paros Island, in order to be reused as a two-berdroom vacation residence. The residence is situated on a quite commonly-to-see minute plot of a total of 69sq.m area with a 7m long front façade. A short open-air area of 7,50sq.m resides on the inside area of the plot, providing a privatized ground floor veranda. The residence extends on two levels, with a first level of 62sq.m and a second level of 22sq.m. A relatively large veranda of 32sq.m resides upstairs, providing an unobstructed view to the picturesque town roads.
BEFORE & AFTER
Paros architecture and generally Cycladic architecture is characterized by its simplicity in forms and colors.
Paros island is a picturesque Cycladic island and Paros architecture is everywhere on the island; in the towns, in the small harbors and in the small villages. A lot of traditional residences that abide by the Paros architecture style have just a small façade with basic opening. This is a door and a couple of windows.
The R-residence, the M-residence and The permeable house share these characteristics. Paros architecture proposes also cubic forms which is one of its most characteristic elements. The R-residence has been a very old parian residence and it assimilates all these characteristics. Paros architecture adopts small openings, which most of times are just a little wider than one meter. Paros architecture also widely uses white colors, grey colors etc. In the R-residence project, this has been taken respectfully into account. Blue colors are also usual to see at Paros architecture, however on this project there has been a minimized usage of this color palette.
It should be noted that Cyclades share most of these characteristics of Paros architecture. Mykonos and Naxos are well known Cycladic islands. The Cycladic islands have small towns and small harbors that share these characteristics of small openings and small cubic volumes. Paros architecture has managed to preserve these elements up to this day. In Parikia town, houses are built and decorated in the traditional Cycladic style, with flat roofs, whitewash walls and blue-painted doors and window frames and shutters. Paros architecture offers quite common typological elements as Mykonos, Naxos and other Cycladic islands.