The Kapetas Villa, Sparta House, New Greek Property Design, Residence
Villa in Sparta, Greece
Contemporary Residence in Greece – design by Petros N. Zouzoulas Architect
15 Jan 2014
The Kapetas Villa
Design: Petros N. Zouzoulas, Architects
Location: Sparta, Southern Greece
The Kapetas Villa is set in the scenic valley of modern day Sparta, Greece. The primary focus of the project was to capture the stunning views of the valley and mountains while capitalizing on passive solar and passive cooling strategies and to create a warm and comfortable home for a young Greek family.
The house uses an alternative fuel source (the use of olive pits to heat the house as a fuel source – olive pits are a viable alternative fuel source in places where olives are the primary crop).
Text by the house’s architect Petros N. Zouzoulas:
• I first started travelling to valley of Sparta when I was 15 years old. The landscape was a great departure from my parents suburban Maryland home. The image of the majestic Taygetus mountain imprinted itself on my memory. That was over 25 years ago.
Since then, I’ve made my annual pilgrimage to the valley where I’ve photographed the mountain continually since that time. It is no surprise that I couldn’t say no when given the opportunity to design a home for a dear friend in the valley.
When it was finally complete, I stood on the terrace looking at the mountain and realized that all my effort may have simply been to get a better view of the mountain. And so I had.
The Kapetas villas is found on the outskirts of the rural town of Sparta, Greece. The site offers stunning views of the historically notable and beautiful valley below. The villa has been designed around these stunning views of the famous Taeygetus mountain range while capitalizing on passive thermal strategies. These include both passive solar and passive ventilation strategies. Additionally, a storm water management solution has been implemented which collects and retains rain water which is collected into a cistern.
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