settling within the seaside suburb of vouliagmeni, in athens, greece, the new residential proposal by 314 architecture studio adopts the distinct shape of a butterfly. a series of organic curves form the unique dwelling complex, comprised of four different independent units, with each one including both a basement and a top floor. 

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the project is five minutes walking distance from the sea
all images courtesy of 314 architecture studio

the design by 314 architecture studio is inspired by the shape of the butterfly, whose wings extend outwards, from the dwellings to the garden area. these wing volumes provide the ground floor with shade, while generating open terraces on the top floor, where occupants can enjoy unobstructed sea views. in addition, the wings are bent to provide privacy.

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the wings extend, offering a panoramic view of the sea

in ‘butterfly’, transparency is used as a bonding element between the exterior and the interior. U-glass is extensively used, replacing or camouflaging the solid walls to allow the maximum natural light to permeate the interior. at the same time, this type of glass serves as a distorting filter, blurring the movement of the occupants, adding to the dwelling’s privacy and overall atmosphere.

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the U-glass filters the light and adds to the tranquility of the space

contrasting materials are used to amplify the residents’ interaction with the structure. specifically, the glossiness of the U-glass is paired with the matt effect of the white cement stucco chosen for the walls, floor, and ceiling. moreover, the rocks placed around the property add an earthy element to the composition, with the bigger ones hiding structural elements and storing glass panels, therefore leaving only the aesthetically necessary things in sight.

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the wings extend, providing shade to the ground floor

the surroudning landscape is designed to complement the composition, with artificial lakes reflecting the butterfly’s organic shape, the glass surfaces, and the vegetation, while creating a feeling of seclusion and peace. floating paths pass over the lakes and plants to connect the ground floor balconies, offering in this way an alternative route, closer to nature.

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the U-glass distorts movement and blends the interior with the exterior

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privacy is enhanced with the landscape design’s rich vegetation

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the water reflects the organic shapes of the butterfly and the U-glass, offering another dimension to the composition

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the materials complement the tranquil atmosphere of the space

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project info:

name: the butterfly
architectural design: 314 architecture studio
lead architect: pavlos chatziangelidis
assistant architects: giota chala, antonis sarris, caterina palantzi, eleni zygogianni, anna stagaki, dimitris panagiotou, andrianna triantafyllopoulou, eirini bouliou, dimitra stergiou, alexandros papadopoulos, iro dermitzaki, eleni palaiologou
structural analysis: foteini karagianni
electromechanical analysis: stefanos karagiannis

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edited by: myrto katsikopoulou | designboom