The architectural office of Kapsimalis Architects, based on Santorini, manages and highlights the volcanic landscape, with architectural proposals that either harmonize or oppose it. In the case of this construction, they attempted the following bold: the creation of a summer residence in a volcanic cave.
The basic idea was to exploit the amorphous curves of the cave in a sculpted living space and to design an outdoor platform with a swimming pool hanging on the volcanic rocks. This impressive house in the area of Oia has two bedrooms, a dining room, a living room and a large balcony overlooking Crete.
The main material used to rebuild the cave and support volcanic rocks is the “gunite”, a mixture of cement, sand and water applied through a flexible pressure tube, creating a dense, hard concrete layer. The volcanic stones and the white plaster were used for the construction of internal and external walls, while light beige marble and cement mortar for the floors.
See the impressive house with the amazing view in following images.