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Architecture Design of The Nidus Passive House 

Description About The Project

The Nidus Passive House designed by Gonzalez Malama Architects is a stunning project, which located in Kalamata, Messenia, Greece. The geometric structure of the house features three irregular horizontal zones. The base, containing the basement, the outdoor spaces, and the swimming pool, appears like a geological formation of rough, untreated stone, becoming a socle to support the consecutive levels of the building. The middle level, on the ground floor, shaped into an extensive, off white volume with characteristic openings which evoke a typical house by means of their morphology; the latter. However, subverted by functional voids contained within.

The domestic functions distributed on the three levels as follow. Service uses in the basement, including a cinema room, playroom, utility room, and storage. Besides, semi public uses on the ground floor, which accommodates the living areas and the guest house. Finally, private rooms on the upper level, with bedrooms, bathrooms, laundry, and bedroom balconies enjoying the view over a lush green area with the castle of Kalamata in the background.

On the other hand, combined with proper insulation and an air tight envelope, energy waste between indoor and outdoor spaces eliminated, and comfort, at once visual, thermal, and functional, achieved, contribute to the feel of a nest in its non visual aspects.

The Architecture Design Project Information:

The Nidus Passive House in Greece by Gonzalez Malama Architects
The crowning of The Nidus Passive House materialized in a perforated veil, embracing the private spaces of the house on the upper level like a nest (nidus), perched upon the hard volumes.

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The Nidus Passive House in Greece by Gonzalez Malama Architects
The Nidus Passive House in Greece by Gonzalez Malama Architects
The Nidus Passive House in Greece by Gonzalez Malama Architects

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The Nidus Passive House in Greece by Gonzalez Malama Architects

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The Nidus Passive House in Greece by Gonzalez Malama Architects
Oversize openings enhance contact with the environment and have a beneficial impact on the house’s interior climate,. It provides heat during the winter months,. Also, keep out solar radiation during the summer, when the sun is at a higher level, with the aid of adequately dimensioned eaves and balconies.
The Nidus Passive House in Greece by Gonzalez Malama Architects

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The Nidus Passive House in Greece by Gonzalez Malama Architects

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The Nidus Passive House in Greece by Gonzalez Malama Architects

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The Nidus Passive House in Greece by Gonzalez Malama Architects
Indeed, living areas of The Nidus Passive House arranged in an open plan and the different uses are demarcated with a change in the floor material. Or with freestanding separating volumes, like the centrally positioned fireplace and the kitchen island.
The Nidus Passive House in Greece by Gonzalez Malama Architects

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The Nidus Passive House in Greece by Gonzalez Malama Architects

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The Nidus Passive House in Greece by Gonzalez Malama Architects
The Nidus Passive House in Greece by Gonzalez Malama Architects

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The Nidus Passive House in Greece by Gonzalez Malama Architects

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The Nidus Passive House in Greece by Gonzalez Malama Architects

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The Nidus Passive House in Greece by Gonzalez Malama Architects

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The Nidus Passive House in Greece by Gonzalez Malama Architects

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Text by the Architects: The house is located in Kalamata, Messenia, Greece, inside an extensive olive grove, which is a pocket of nature enclosed within a rapidly growing part of the urban fabric. The street front is treated with a hard limit, acting as a visual barrier to the interior, moving from the city to the domestic, natural environment.

Photo credit: Panagiotis Voumvakis| Source: Gonzalez Malama Architects

For more information about this project; please contact the Architecture firm :
– Add: Ipirou 35, Kalamata 241 00, Greece
– Tel: +30 2721 027270
– Email: [email protected]

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