Nestled amidst the breathtaking landscapes of Crete, O Lofos House by Block722 is a nature-inspired holiday home that seamlessly marries architectural finesse with the beauty of its natural surroundings. This remarkable architectural gem, situated in the foothills of Mount Thryptis on the eastern side of the Greek island, serves as a testament to the harmonious coexistence of modern design and the awe-inspiring elements of nature.
Designed by the creative minds at Athens-based studio Block722, O Lofos, or “The Hill,” is an ode to the strong presence of the mountain and the sea in this serene locale. The architects approached the project with profound respect for the environment, aiming to create a residence that humbly integrated itself into the surrounding landscape. The result is a collection of interconnected volumes comprising the main residence and two guesthouses, seamlessly topped with roof gardens that effortlessly blend the home into the hillside.
The design ingeniously utilizes the steep slope of the site, with the home’s blocks resting on two different levels within a staggered outdoor space. A striking marble landscape, featuring stepped slabs, weaves its way throughout the site, acting as planters and stepping stones, and culminating in a stunning angular infinity pool that beckons from the far end. Marble also plays a pivotal role in connecting the various levels, with a dramatic marble staircase leading from the guesthouses to the main residence.
Inside, the O Lofos House by Block722 continues to impress, with neutral and nature-inspired finishes that echo the serenity of its surroundings. Beige plaster, wooden cabinets, and exposed materials seamlessly blend the interior and exterior spaces. The custom-made furniture, crafted by local artisans using materials like marble, wood, terrazzo, and stone, creates a bespoke collection aptly named Anata.
Throughout the home, carefully chosen artworks and sculptures, including a captivating plaster sculpture by Greek artist Pantelis Chandris, celebrate the essence of the Cretan landscape. O Lofos House stands as a testament to the architectural prowess of Block722, founded by architect Sotiris Tsergas and interior designer Katja Margaritoglou, and serves as a harmonious retreat where modern luxury meets the natural world.
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