Located in Paros Cyclades, Greece, this is ‘The Edge Summer House.’ The building is built by React Architects and consists of two dwellings with guest areas that overlook the sea and neighboring island of Antiparo. The overall complex leaves the natural landscape intact as it carves to the slope of the site, adapting to the environment and dissolving the boundaries between private and public spaces.
The east side of the building is dominated by local vegetation. You can practically smell the aromatic scent of the flowers lining the path through the air vents of your computer.
Clearly this space is all about the environment and That View. The dazzling white structural plains against the God-blessed sky.
The interior styling does not blow anyone away…but maybe the point is, why compete? Nature has won. Even the architectural structure has been carefully constructed to follow the natural lines of the surroundings without imposing too much upon it. So the furnishing is minimal and utilitarian but welcoming, as if awaiting human input by way of shouts of laughter, suntan oil smells, piles of discarded suitcases and watery footprints from the swimming pool leaving a telling trail on the hard floor.
It is a good example of allowing a space to be what it is meant to be by embracing it’s surroundings and without over-accessorizing and shoe-horning another character on top of it.