The Clover House is located on the south side of the island of Kythera, where gentle slopes and low vegetation with herbs and shrubs form a typical Mediterranean landscape. The property has unobstructed view towards the village of Chora, the Venetian castle and the islet of Hytra.
The architectural composition sought to integrate the house harmoniously into the surrounding landscape. The development of the house was linear, parallel to the view, in two ground floor volumes - the main house and a guest house. An arch acts as the connecting element of the two volumes, a reference to the local form of ‘sfendonia’ employed in stone houses around the island. The corridor created between the two main building blocks, crowned by the large arch, forms the transverse reference axis of the composition, guiding the eye of the entering visitor to the spectacular south views.
The residence’s functions are developed behind a vertical plane formed by the stone wall that runs along the north side of the house. With slightly curved track, the wall consolidates the features of the north façade and serves as a windbreaker for the northern wind.
Design - Construction: 2014 - 2016
Location: Kythera, Greece
Photos: Pygmalion Karatzas