Stark white walls frame vistas of the Ionian Sea from a bright white house by Brussels-based architect Olivier Dwek, which is perched above the coastline of Zante. The island, made famous by Greek poet Homer in mythological tales the Iliad and the Odyssey, sits off the west coast of mainland Greece in the Ionian Sea and is popular with tourists for its sandy beaches and deep blue waters.
Dwek set about creating an island home called Silver House, with bright white walls that would contrast with the color of the water and frame views of the sea. The design draws inspiration from the quote "Blue has no dimensions, it is beyond dimensions" by late French artist Yves Klein – acclaimed for his monochrome paintings. Dwek added huge sliding glass doors to the property to help lessen the distinction between interior and exterior spaces.
Lounge, dining room, kitchen and bedrooms are all oriented towards the sea and connected by terraces on the windswept hillside. Walls act as windbreaks around the exposed terraces – a similar effect created by the concrete walls that surround a house in between the Greece's Megara plain and the Gerania Mountains. Narrow slits between the concrete slabs here give glimpses of a surrounding olive grove.
The corners of the sitting and dining rooms in Silver House open onto these protected terraces where a small robust tree stands in a bed of gravel. An infinity pool sprawls out towards the shore at the front of the house and from certain angles its water appears as one with the sea, while a further gravelled courtyard is shielded against the hillside.
source: deezen, photography by Serge Anton