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© Kois Associated Architects
© Kois Associated Architects

This Cool Floating Pool In Tinos Will Make You Wish You Were Here

Picture of Charlotte Luxford
Home & Design Editor
Updated: 28 November 2016
Designed as “an invisible oasis”, this aptly-named ‘Mirage house’ was recently crowned a 2016 American Architecture Prize winner for the innovative way the island property has been completely integrated into its natural surroundings.

© Kois Associated Architects

Created by Athens-based firm Kois Associated Architects, the house and pool are designed to give the owners incredible panoramic views over the Aegean Sea, but also to ensure it has minimal impact on the existing landscape of Tinos, an unspoiled Greek island. According to architect Stelios Kois, “reflecting nature is the only way to integrate in it”, a sentiment that was at the heart of the project.

© Kois Associated Architects

Sat on top of a steep, sloping rocky plot, the infinity pool appears to delicately balance over the edge — it also acts as the roof to a large open-air living space below, while also providing thermal insulation to the house.

© Kois Associated Architects

“The infinity pool merges with the seascape and the Greek sky, thus providing an illusion inspired by the optical phenomenon of mirage”, adds Kois. “The presence of the house is revealed only through the mirror-effect surface of the pool, keeping the rest of the property camouflaged”.

© Kois Associated Architects

The house itself is carved into the rock face and sits on a single level, hidden behind a drystone wall that is characteristic of those on the island. Most of the materials used for the project were from local sources to ensure the house ‘disappeared’ into the existing topography.

© Kois Associated Architects

This cave-like home establishes an ongoing dialogue with the landscape, in an effort to highlight how less can actually more, paying reverence to the island’s natural environment.

To see the rest of the 2016 American Architecture Prize winners, click here.