Laertis-Antonios Ando Vassiliou of OPA Works and LAAV Architects in collaboration with French interior designer Camille Barbo has conceived a concept summerhouse for Gabriele Kull of Zürich-based Future Camp that offers workshops on sustainable lifestyles for urban people. Dubbed Water Caves, it is a pilot project for an eco-resort consisting of two 75 m2 hospitality units to be built in Zakynthos, Greece. The idea is to utilize locally-sourced construction materials to blend the structure with the surrounding landscape and employ sustainable energy saving methods to promote green tourism.
Made of concrete and steel, it is a three-story building complete with living room, kitchen, storage, bedroom and bathroom with shower. Inside, there are vertical stone walls lending natural essence to the living area. About 80-percent of the whole structure is placed underground in order to minimize thermal losses while there are see-through swimming pools at rooftop to bring in enough natural light and keep interiors cool during summer as well.
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The open floor settings keep all living spaces connected in order to improve ventilation within the house, and further make the use of A/C unnecessarily. Furthermore, the vertical garden and planted front patio also contributes; keeping the interior environment cool. The see-through swimming pool ceilings are the most intriguing features of this unique architecture concept.
In the Water Caves project, the design team aims not only to include a variety of green features, but also use local materials like stone and wood, so as to create a true eco-resort.