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House Symbiosis: Redefining Family Living with Innovative Architecture

In a world where the dynamics of family living constantly evolve, architectural innovation plays a pivotal role in shaping spaces that not only accommodate but also enrich familial bonds. Enter House Symbiosis, an extraordinary architectural marvel poised to revolutionize the concept of communal living for two sibling families.


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House Symbiosis strikes a balance between communal and individual living through meticulous spatial organization and innovative design. Prioritizing familial bonds, the architects created a space that fosters intimacy while ensuring personal privacy. The result? A groundbreaking blend of sculptural tectonics, dynamic geometries, and strategic massing, redefining traditional residential design.


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One of the defining features of House Symbiosis is its emphasis on internal circulation, which not only facilitates movement but also serves as a guiding principle for spatial organization. The curvy shapes used in the design make the living areas feel smooth and flowing, adding energy to the overall look of the building.


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Spatially, the house unfolds as a choreographed dance of interconnected volumes, carefully planned to accommodate the needs of each family unit. While seemingly moving in opposite directions, the residences share a similar style that combines their unique features into one cohesive design.


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Outdoor areas are thoughtfully allocated to complement the internal living spaces, with the lower residence boasting a lush garden and inviting swimming pool, while the upper residence enjoys panoramic views from a serene green roof. Communal facilities such as parking and storage spaces further enhance the functionality of the space, ensuring a seamless living experience for all occupants.


But perhaps the most striking aspect of House Symbiosis is its commitment to sustainability. From optimizing building orientation to harnessing renewable energy sources such as geothermal heating and photovoltaics, every aspect of the design reflects a deep-rooted commitment to environmental stewardship. With 75% of the site dedicated to greenery, the project stands as a shining example of eco-conscious architecture.


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Beyond its architectural brilliance, House Symbiosis embodies a profound cultural ethos, catering to the timeless desire of Greek families for close-knit living arrangements. In a post-pandemic world where the importance of community and connection has never been more apparent, this innovative design serves as a beacon of hope, redefining the very essence of family living.


Questions and Answers

What was the brief?

In a fast paced ever changing world, what matters most is spending more time with the people that we care about. The main scope of the brief was to create a new typology for a double residency to house two sibling families, that want to spend more time together, while in the same time maintain their own private spaces. As a result, House Symbiosis, was born.

What were the key challenges?

To create a balance between privacy and socialization for the two families. In order to achieve this the project experimented with intricate geometries, spatial orientation, various openings and voluemtric massing on the facades.

How is the project unique?

House Symbiosis, creates an architectural game between motion and static. The project gives the impression of heading towards two opposite directions.

About the architects

(from the architect's webpage)

Direction Architects, is an international Architecture and Design practice, based in London and Athens. It was founded in 2021 by John Kanakas, with the vision to create living environments, that aim to make people rethink and question their ways of inhabiting everyday spaces. On a broader framework our projects attempt to create experiential spaces that provoke new forms of existence and new ways of living. Our formalistic approach aims to awake our deeper consciousness and initiate a discourse across different fields.

Project Info:

  • Name: House Symbiosis
  • Type: Double Residency
  • Location: Athens, Greece

Projects Credits

  • Architecture: Direction Architects
  • Photography: Studio Naaro
  • Architect Designer: John Kanakas
  • Architect Engineer: Kostas Christopoulos
  • Civil Engineers: Christos Tzallas and Panos Christopoulos Electrical/Mechanical Engineer: Vasilis Christopoulos
  • Energy and Sustainability Consultant: Regeon
  • Furniture Provider: Avax Deco
  • Furniture Brands: Roche Bobois, Molteni and C, Dedon, Meridiani

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