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In what could certainly be one of the most dramatic residences we’ve seen, NCaved by Mold Architects is a residence in Greece’s Serifos Island that is one with the earth in every sense of the word. To alleviate the exposure to the strong north winds without giving up the arresting views of the sea, the studio decided to literally burrow the home into the slope of the hill. 

Recessed into the earth, snug under sloping roofs and preceded by open terraces, the spaces reveal themselves as an arrangement of solids and voids that resemble a 3-dimensional chessboard when viewed from above. Designed to spoil its visitors with uninterrupted vistas of its surroundings, NCaved’s views from the open sea-front terraces and pool area are generous. Moving deeper into the home, towards the hill’s ascent, we are treated with interior spaces that are punctuated by small patios and pathways that draw our eyes towards the sky. 

NCaved’s three levels house the living areas, bedrooms and guesthouse, a series of atypical spaces that are connected to each other by an external staircase running down the length of the slope. Dressed in a material and color palette inspired by its seaside location – stone, exposed concrete, wooden slats, metal and glass – the interiors are kept minimal yet elegant, subdued in the face of such natural beauty. A contemporary home in a rustic setting, this is a dwelling that rightfully lets nature take the reins in dictating its presence in this incredible Greek isle.

Mold Architects NCaved House
Mold Architects NCaved House
Mold Architects NCaved House
Mold Architects NCaved House
Mold Architects NCaved House
Mold Architects NCaved House
Mold Architects NCaved House
Mold Architects NCaved House
Mold Architects NCaved House
Mold Architects NCaved House

Photography © Yiorgis Gerolymbos, Panagiotis Voumvakis for Mold Architects

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