For a 30-unit housing project in Thessaloniki Greece, LoT was interested in designing light-filled apartments that didn’t compromise privacy or heat gain. Using a limited palette of regionally available materials, the design focused on abstract qualities of space and light to create silent building forms. The zoning rules of suburban Thessaloniki limit the size of multiple dwelling unit buildings to a maximum area of 500 square meters separated by a minimum of 5 meters. Arranging the dwelling units in three story tall buildings aligned along the street edges creates cubic architectural forms that simultaneously define the street edge and free up interior space on the site. Each apartment within the three story building is manipulated to have a minimum of three exterior exposures and can be entered on different levels of the sloping site. Each apartment has its own outdoor space.
The resulting cubic forms were selectively carved to allow controlled light and fresh air into the apartment interiors. Using EcoTect to analyze solar gain, and Revit BIM Modelling to maximize efficiency and design accuracy, corner terraces and openings were designed to provide controlled daylight into each unit while maintaining privacy