the sensitive Ring House

The Ring House is stunning piece of architecture that meshes with the topography of the land. Located on the southern coast of Crete, Greece, two concrete beams follow the landcape of the hill to define the outline of the house. Designed by decaARCHITECTURE, the ring is articulated by these concrete beams. It provides protected shaded areas, well-ventilated interiors, surfaces for solar collection panels and protects an inner garden planted with varieties of citrus trees and edible plants.
Altogether the house and its garden are designed to form a temperate microclimate, an oasis within an intensely beautiful but physically demanding environment. At a broader scale, the house is a landscape preservation effort in its own right. In the past, the terrain had been severely scarred by the random and informal carving of roads. The excavation material extracted during the house’s construction, was used to recover the original forms of the land.
Furthermore, a thorough survey of the native flora was done in order to understand the predominant biotopes in the different slopes in the plot. During the spring, prior to construction, seeds were collected on site and cultivated in a greenhouse to grow more seeds. These were then sowed over the road scars for the regeneration of the flora.

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