Nestled within the flat expanse of Cambos on the western part of Paros Island, Dashed House emerges as a contemporary ode to the Cycladic essence. Surrounded by the characteristic rigid landscape of the region, where North winds command the atmosphere, this residence seamlessly intertwines with its surroundings, offering a haven for kite-surfing enthusiasts.
True to its name, Dashed House charts its course along a single, dynamic axis resembling a dashed line. This architectural gesture skillfully weaves together open and enclosed spaces, resulting in semi-covered courtyards that stand resilient against the island’s winds. Comprising two main units, separated by the monumental expanse of an olive orchard, the residence strategically positions itself to embrace the unique challenges and charms of its Cycladic locale. The house effortlessly integrates indoor and outdoor spaces, creating a visual harmony with the rugged landscape.
The open layout forms a continuous visual dialogue between its interiors and exteriors. Expansive openings and carefully chosen materials ensure a seamless flow of space. Even within, common areas deviate from the straight dashed line, converging into open-plan kitchens that become communal hubs. Both units share a central courtyard, serving as a gateway to shared living and dining spaces. Graceful staircases lead to upper terraces, extending an invitation to soak up the Cycladic sun. Living and dining areas spill into attached courtyards, transforming into inviting outdoor dining spaces near the pools. Corridors and semi-covered spaces guide residents to private retreats—bedrooms, bathrooms, and storage rooms. Each private space is intimately linked to a courtyard, adapting as an exterior shower or lounge area based on room needs. In the exterior, local stone and white plaster create a charming contrast. Screen blocks and bamboo pergolas add playful dynamics, allowing light and air to dance through. Wooden doors and windows, along with terrazzo floors sourced locally, seamlessly connect the house to the island’s natural elements.
As the architects refer, “Through the design of Dashed House, users can experience the authenticity of the Cycladic living in the same way that local residents did through the ages; protected by the weather elements, in peace with the exterior, through constant transitions between in and out and with deep connection to local materials and textures, all combined in the essence of true vernacular contemporary design”.