Zeropixel Architects have renovated a stone house originally built in 1931, in the mountainous Mylopotamos of Crete, transforming it into a vacation home for short-term lets. Named “Casa Coo”, the renovation stays true to the original architecture with a few well-placed elements that hint at a contemporary intervention.
The house comprises two levels, a ground floor with a terrace and a basement twice the size of the upper space. On the ground floor, the old bathroom was replaced with the dining area, while metal flooring was added, combined with a handmade metal glass that allows plenty of light into the basement. The bathroom was moved between the living room and the bedroom, while the kitchen was placed in the corridor that connects the two spaces. An old oven and a press were revealed through the dining room floor. To make the basement space more sustainable, three large glass holes were created into the new wooden flooring, which helps both in the natural lighting of the basement and the visual connection between the two spaces. Moving down the basement, the architects have placed now a playroom sauna and a heated pool. Both internally and externally, the lighting is indirect, highlighting the stone that was hidden in many layers of coating and lime. The overall design aims at creating an uninterrupted powerful dialogue between the house’s authentic old-world character and the modern living.