An urban villa with two independent residences, designed to be built near the sea, in Voula Municipality of Attika. It is a work of the architect Nikos Ktenas. It is an example of creating a building sculpture made of reinforced concrete and structural steel. The architect “plays” with the alternating positioning and form of the reinforced concrete folds in height and horizontally.
In particular, openings and walls of reinforced concrete alternate, creating a form of chessboard on the facades. The openings of the facades are glazed in and impressive windows are created. The glass is supported by very thin – almost invisible – metal profiles and so the view is unobstructed.
The walls are of uncoated concrete. The bearing body of the building structure is fully visible both at the exterior and interior of the building and therefore it must not deviate from the desired architectural solution at all. It is clear that the reinforced concrete structure shapes and fully characterizes the final architectural result.
This villa consists of a basement, ground floor and 3 floors. There is also a swimming pool on the roof. The statics and earthquake resistance design study has been done with the utmost care, in close cooperation with the architect, and although it is a bold proposal from all points of view it complies with all the quality standards, it is tasteful and absolutely safe under static and seismic loads.
So far, the construction of the villa has not yet been realized. During the construction innovative techniques of joining the concrete surfaces are going to be implemented by incorporating metal profiles. Through these pioneering solutions, the potentially weak points of construction are eliminated.
In order to implement such a free architectural proposal, it is advisable to apply a mixed construction solution, adopting the use of reinforced concrete in conjunction with metal profiles, especially in a seismic prone environment.