The Nidus by Gonzalez – Malama Architects








The Nidus is a contemporary two-story home situated in Kalamata, Greece, designed in 2021 by Gonzalez – Malama Architects.






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Description

The constructing is situated in Kalamata, inside an intensive olive grove, which is a pocket of nature enclosed inside a quickly rising a part of the city cloth.

The road entrance is handled with a tough restrict, appearing as a visible barrier to the inside, shifting from town to the home, pure setting. All service areas had been lined alongside this restrict, and their northern orientation proved helpful to the passive constructing necessities. On this framework, the primary residing areas benefit from the southern orientation from giant openings, supported by essential eaves which regulate incoming photo voltaic radiation in response to the seasonal necessities of the Greek local weather.

The geometric construction of the constructing options three irregular horizontal zones. The bottom, containing the basement, the out of doors areas, and the swimming pool, seems like a geological formation of tough, untreated stone, changing into a socle to assist the consecutive ranges of the constructing. The center stage, on the bottom ground, is formed into an intensive, off-white quantity with attribute openings which evoke a typical home via their morphology; the latter, nonetheless, are subverted by practical voids contained inside. Finally, the crowning of the constructing is materialized in a perforated veil, embracing the personal areas of the home on the higher stage like a nest (nidus), perched upon the exhausting constructing volumes.

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The home features are distributed on the three ranges as following: Service makes use of on the basement, together with a cinema room, playroom, utility room, and storage; semi-public makes use of on the bottom ground, which accommodates the residing areas and the visitor home; lastly, personal rooms on the higher stage, with bedrooms, bogs, laundry, and bed room balconies having fun with the view over a lush inexperienced space with the fort of Kalamata within the background. Residing areas are organized in an open plan and the completely different makes use of are demarcated with a change within the ground materials, or with freestanding separating volumes, just like the centrally positioned fire and the kitchen island.

Volumetrically, a recreation of wood volumes in opposition to the white socle accommodates practical areas just like the visitor wc, wardrobe, and excessive kitchen cupboards.

The motif of “branches” is encountered all through, as a reference to nature and to the nest, making a marker of identification and an built-in aesthetic alongside areas with a distinct perform. Oversize openings improve the contact with the setting and have a helpful influence upon the home’s inside local weather, offering warmth throughout the winter months, and hold out photo voltaic radiation throughout the summer time, when the solar is at a better stage, with the help of adequately dimensioned eaves and balconies. Mixed with correct insulation and an air-tight envelope, vitality waste between indoor and out of doors areas is eradicated, and luxury, without delay visible, thermal, and practical, is achieved, contributing to the texture of a nest in its non-visual points.

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Images by Panagiotis Voumvakis

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