Sited high above the Aegean, this Peter Rose + Partners project under construction is a deftly choreographed home and retreat, equal parts earth, water, sky. The building mass is integrated into its surroundings through vast window and door openings and cantilevered slabs. Movement within the house is linked with exterior terraces, and with pathways etched into the landscape.
Moving though the project one is immersed in the dynamic environment. A change in the wind transforms the texture of the distant sea, and moments later travels up-slope through the topography, sweeping through the grasses and making the olive trees sing. Sunlight on the south slope reflects in a blaze off freshly cast concrete, while a bluish cast from the open sky fills in concrete faces on the north slope.
Grey stone from the region clads the exterior, while smooth white plaster coats interior walls. Grandly scaled openings unify the house and the azure Aegean horizon into a single space. The plaster interior walls reflect light in various shades of white, and the interior brilliance easily balances with the near and far landscape lit directly by the sun.
While dramatic cantilevers lift away from the earth, the stone and concrete assume a tranquil and massive stability, a quiet structure reaching deep to bedrock. It is a master work of Turkish concrete.