Located in Athens, Greece, A House In Three Buildings by Nikos Smyrlis Architectis indebted to the historical and environmental setting in which it is located. Athens is also home to the Parthenon, a shining example of classical architecture that influenced the ideals of modernism. A young Le Corbusier visited the building at the age of 24, returning every day for three weeks.
One of the most striking aspects of the Parthenon to the young Corbusier was how the structure related to the topography, sky, and built environment surrounding it. A House In Three Buildings engages its surroundings using a similar method: movement between buildings not only switches functions, it also blurs the distinction of interior and exterior. A central square near the pool has a direct view of the nearby sea and is utilized as an open-air dining room.
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