Huge circular hole pierces concrete house in Crete by Tense Architecture Network


Athens-based Tense Architecture Network has completed a curvy concrete house on the Greek island of Crete, featuring a massive circular puncture that provides it occupants with a shaded roof terrace.

Designed for a young couple and their two young children, the residence is located in the Mediterranean city of Heraklion. It sit on an elevated, corner site, exposed to the southern sun on the street-facing side.

Tense Architecture Network shaped the curved fair-faced concrete volume that tops the four-storey residence in response to the sun’s path from east to west.

House in Heraklion by Tense Architecture

The aim was to offer shelter for both the house’s living spaces and the garden during the strong sunlight hours. The roof structure cantilevers over the smaller body of the house on one side, while the other side rests on a monolithic wall.

The design is also intended to offer privacy to the master bedroom and pair of outdoor terraces that occupy the two ends of the upper level. From one of these spaces, the circular opening creates a framed view of the city skyline.

House in Heraklion by Tense Architecture

“From the outset, the sculptural gesture arises from this sunny condition: the building is bent by the sun,” said the architects.

“The elevated concrete facade is without openings, except from an excision at the upper corner which reveals an outdoor space open to western views of the city.”

House in Heraklion by Tense Architecture

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