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Giorgos Sfakianakis

MONOLITHOI

Firm LocationAthens,
CompanyDESYPRI & MISIARIS ARCHITECTURE
Lead ArchitectARISTEIDIS MISIARIS, IRA DESYPRI
Design TeamArchitecture: DESYPRI & MISIARIS ARCHITECTURE Interior Design: INTERIOR DESIGN LABORATORIUM Lighting: L+DG Lighting Architects Photographs: GIORGOS SFAKIANAKIS

TWO LONELY TOWERS IN THE LANDSCAPE The main idea of the project was to acknowledge and be inspired by a special feature of Mani’s residential forms –the ‘Ksemonia’ meaning ‘the one who has been left alone’, which were lonely towers or small residential complexes standing alone in the rugged landscape of Mani and operating as shelters or observation points. From afar, these stone-built towers appear as just one more element of the land, like monolithic outbursts from the soil, yet their very existence records the imprint of the turbulent life of the traditional Mani on this remarkable landscape