The Hill House by Block722

The green, wild Cretan landscape and the richness and heritage of traditional crafts define this new, thoroughly contemporary residential design by Block722, the Hill House. It is a 280 sq m home on a slope, including two guestrooms and generous outdoor areas. Balancing the needs of the brief with the natural setting that combines vistas of mountains, plains, and the Mediterranean Sea, was critical in the architects’ design solution.
The architecture was driven by a desire to create a modern house that is discreet and respectful of its surroundings. Negotiating the site’s angle through levels instead of steps was also critical in molding a relaxing environment that embraces its setting. The main home is divided into two low buildings linked by a semi-enclosed area with a water feature. The design merges natural materials that are often used in the local vernacular, such as wood and stone.
At the same time, the atmosphere is distinctly contemporary, blending Block722’s inherent Scandinavian sensibility and organic minimalism with Japanese architecture influences. Block722 collaborated with local craftsmen throughout the construction, applying expert manufacturing skills to a large array of elements in the house. This applies to both high-end architectural details and furniture pieces, the majority of which are bespoke and created specifically with this project in mind, using marble, wood, stone, and terrazzo.

Year: 2022
Location: Crete, Greece
Type: Residential
Area: 280 m²
Status: Completed
Master planning and Architecture: Block722
Creative direction: Block722
Interior and styling: Block722
FF&E: Block722
Lighting design: Skia Lighting
Landscape design and planting: Outside landscape architecture- Eva Papadimitriou & Marina Tsintikidou
Architectural visualization: Block722
Project manager: Nani Kapsoritaki
Furniture Design [Collection ‘ANATA’]: Block722
Sculpture: Pantelis Chandris
Photographer: Ana Santl

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