After spending the winter dreaming of places like The Mushroom, the mushroom-shaped house, or Niliaitta, the cabin hidden in the Finnish woods, now that the days are getting longer and the heat is starting to make itself felt, we need to travel, at least in our imagination. That is why today we are talking about The Ring House, the house designed by DECA Architecture in southern Crete.
Near the village of Agia Galini, on a site surrounded by the island’s rugged landscape, the architects worked to create a home with the least possible impact on the environment and which also managed to reclaim the land, previously scarred by excavation and construction work. This is why the first step was to restore the native flora by sowing typical plant species months before work began.
The Ring House is made up of two long parts which follow the profile of the hill on which the house stands and which join together to create a U-shaped plan looking out almost 360° over the sea.
The area in which the two parts are joined is the area containing all the interiors and has a roof with solar panels, while the rest of the structure is made up of open spaces, shaded by a canopy that allows people to live in contact with nature and enjoy the landscape.
While the exterior features classic stone masonry to blend in with the colours of the terrain, the interior has a cleaner, more minimalist design with white walls and large windows to let in natural light.
There is an infinity pool on one of the sides, while a courtyard with citrus plants and aromatic shrubs has been built inside the structure.
The Ring House is an example of how architecture can blend into the landscape without spoiling the environment.