Syros Island, Cyclades, Greece

Site Size: 40,000 square feet

Project Size: 5,000 square feet

Program: On the Cycladic island of Syros, a stone house is set into a steep hillside overlooking the Aegean Sea. The geometry of the building follows that of the landscape, mimicking the stone retaining walls typical of the Greek island.

The owners currently use the house for vacations and plan to retire there. They wanted their collection of antiques—mainly late 19th and early 20th century items found in Greek and Turkish houses—to be integrated into the architecture.

Solution: The 5,000-square-foot house is built on the boundary between a green, traditional settlement and a barren mountainside. Constructed of slate and marble stone excavated from the surrounding countryside, the structure consists of three vertically stacked single-story levels, with three guest rooms on the lower level, the master suite on the entry level, and kitchen, dining, living, and storage spaces above. Each level has access to the outdoors.

The architects designed the house to relate to the landscape and make the most of the sculptural qualities of light. The rough shell’s exterior softens as one enters the building, where dimly lit hallways gradually lead to a brightly illuminated core.

The house also minimizes energy use with planted roofs and thick stone walls that keep the house cool in the summer and warm in the winter. (The walls consist of 16-inch-thick masonry on the outside, two inches of insulation in the middle, and 3.5-inch-thick brick wall on the inside.) Rainwater is collected in a cistern for household use. The house was completed in March 2011.


Completion Date: March 2011

Gross square footage: 4000 sq. ft.    

Total construction cost: 1.000.000 €

Myrto Miliou Architects
Ermou and Christopoulou 2 st
Athens 1563

Personnel in architect's firm who should receive special credit:
Architect in charge: Myrto Miliou

Special consultant: Vladimir Levidis (artist)

Supporting architects: Christina Georgiadi, Stefanos Petrou (registered architects)

Engineer(s): Kostantinos Zaharatos

Landscape: Vladimir Levidis

General contractor: Leonard Roussos

Erieta Attali
(+30) 6944 299 883

CAD system, project management, or other software used: Autocad 2007, Adobe Suite CS3, 3D studio Max 9



Structural system
Concrete frame – LAFARGE +30 22810 71482

Exterior cladding
Masonry: Compound masonry walls consisting of a 45 cm layer of stone, a 5 cm layer of insulation and and a layer of brick – Leonard Roussos +30 6932545618

Other: Concrete slab – Leonard Roussos +30 6932545618

Wood frame: Syros Xylotehniki  +30 22810 86444

Wood doors: Syros Xylotehniki  +30 22810 86444

Locksets: B. Margaritis+30 210 3216235

Closers: B. Margaritis+30 210 3216235

Interior finishes
Floor and wall tile: Stone floors: Damask +30 210 6718004

Special interior finishes unique to this project:
Applied concrete floors- Denis Katsenos +30 6969775638, Wooden ceilings (Chestnut): Petros Mytilynaios +30 6944298788, Wooden floor (oak) Vasilis Degrenis +30 6946830024

Interior ambient lighting: Bright +30 210 9883722