In Lefkes, a traditional settlement of Paros island, Greece, a winery was built in 1917. A century later the winery was redesigned to become a house for vacation use, in an alternative way, that meets all the contemporary requirements in living.
The main axis of the intervention is the discreet preservation and respect of the character of the existing building. This was achieved by adopting the typology of the winery and its transfer to the plan view of the country house. Simultaneously with the above mentioned functional reference in the history of the building it was chosen to maintain the scale of the tumors following the traditional rules of the local architecture. Finally, the design foresees the maintenance of the built elements, with specific interventions in order for the modern needs to be met. The new additions are wooden and their strict geometry closely interacts with the curves of the old built elements.
The old operation of the building as a winery has imposed few openings in order to maintain low and constant temperatures for the benefit of wine production. In a summer home in Greece, maintaining these conditions is important. Thus, it was chosen to maintain the existing openings while at the same time enhancing the light from a roof opening.
All the decisions above add to the feeling of the patio, giving the residence a special aesthetic and functional character similar to that of the old winery.