Kipseli Architects builds a family home inspired by the Rubik’s Cube

Located in Stamata, Greece, this eccentric yet functional family home is designed by Kipseli Architects.
Located in Stamata, Greece, this eccentric yet functional family home is designed by Kipseli Architects.
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A new house built on a sloped plot of land in the north-eastern suburbs of Athens is a playful response to the classic Rubik’s Cube. Building the house with blocks of colour, Kipseli Architects added a whole new dimension to a tall family house on a narrow plot.

Inspired by the adventurous nature of her client, a young family man whose favourite film is Star Wars, Kipseli's principal Kirki Mariolopoulou designed a colourful spaceship that was fun, yet also functional.

Taking advantage of the sloping site, the ground and first floor, where the kitchen and living rooms are located

Taking advantage of the sloping site, the ground and first floor, where the kitchen and living rooms are located, both open up to the outside

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The house, with its eccentrically soaring atrium and expansive four-storey facade, provides the perfect canvas for an abundant use of an intense orange colour scheme, flooding a tropical warmth from the front door to the roof terrace. Pops of bright blue furniture, shiny red bathroom tiles and green and yellow walls in the bedrooms define moods and spark conversations throughout the home.

Using such vivid colours on this scale was a first for Mariolopoulou: ‘For me every new housing project is a new relationship. As we all know, every new relationship comes along with its unique experiences and challenges. The main challenge this time was how architecture can evolve through the abundant use of bold colours,’ she says.

Using bright colours was an experiment for Kipseli principal Kirki Mariolopoulou

Using bright colours was an experiment for Kipseli principal Kirki Mariolopoulou, who wanted to find out how it would effect the architecture emotionally and physically

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The architecture of the house is just as dynamic as the colours that adorns it. The narrow trapezium plot forced Mariolopoulou to think laterally, planning the house on a vertical axis and skewing the northern facade towards the west to catch the sun, extending it further to anchor the atrium and enclose the entrance and the stairway.

Floating wooden stairs were connected to a glass rail running up through the space, allowing for the reflection and flow of light and colour through the house. ‘The design feature that stands out the most for me is the staircase, which also affects the whole design quality of the house. The aim was to create a triangle-shaped lightweight staircase that is developed as the north wall unfolds to the side, like an experiential sculpture piece,’ says Mariolopoulou.

The house reflects the playful personality of the client, a young family man who loves Star Wars and Rubik’s Cubes

The house reflects the playful personality of the client, a young family man who loves Star Wars and Rubik’s Cubes

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The colours of a Rubik’s Cube – white, blue, green, red, yellow and orange

The colours of a Rubik’s Cube – white, blue, green, red, yellow and orange – were selected by the architects for use across the exterior and interior of the house

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The dominant colour is a soft and energising tropical orange which occupies the central atrium and external walls of the house

The dominant colour is a soft and energising tropical orange which occupies the central atrium and external walls of the house

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The architects extended the northen facade to open up space for the atrium and the entrance way

The architects extended the northen facade to open up space for the atrium and the entrance way, allowing this part of the house to become a focal point

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The glass stair rails allow light to circulate throughout the house

The glass stair rails allow light to circulate throughout the house

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The bedrooms are painted in yellow and green

The bedrooms are painted in yellow and green

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The bedrooms are on the second floor along with a small playroom

The bedrooms are on the second floor along with a small playroom; the master bedroom is on the top floor, connected to the roof terrace

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The graphic quality of the architectural details assimilate with the colourful vocabulary of the house

The graphic quality of the architectural details assimilate with the colourful vocabulary of the house

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'The main challenge this time was how architecture can evolve through the abundant use of bold colours

'The main challenge this time was how architecture can evolve through the abundant use of bold colours,’ says Mariolopoulou

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INFORMATION

For more information, visit the Kipseli Architects website (opens in new tab)