In the village of Kontias, Limnos, an old oil mill was reconstructed and designed in a particularly original and inventive way in a country house.
The architect and owner, Harris Bougadellis, confronted the building with respect to the natural and artificial environment.
The village’s urban fabric remained indistinguishable, the local architectural tradition remained intact, while the climatic conditions of the area constituted the foundation stone for this solution. Also, a very important role in the design and reconstruction played the “history” and the “identity” of the building, all those features that were shaped through the construction and the passage of time.
Kontias stretches on two opposite hills, resulting in the terphorous terrain in the village showing increased slopes, so the building is on a quite downhill road.
In the final phase, before rebuilding, a large part of the central roof had fallen, resulting in a particularly luminous space, in a generally quite dark whole. This finding has prompted the architect to make a partial reconstruction of the roof, to preserve this distinctive quality of space and to preserve the external form that the traditional building had acquired.
In order to achieve the above, the roof was fully restored only in one rectangular space. It has thus become the ideal sleeping space for the summer months, cool and sunless.