Searching for Ithaca; the mythical Odysseus, washed naked on the island of Phaeacians, today Corfu. There Odysseus was founded by the king’s daughter, and he accepted the palace’s hospitality and supplies to return to his Ithaca.
Casa Odyssia is a leisure residence that aims to host it’s user, the modern Odysseus. It is located in the northeastern part of the island in a verdant landscape and at an altitude of 250 meters. The dwelling as a seed on the ground; it grows by finding space among the other forces of the site, the trees, the rocks; looking for the best view, the sun, the good orientation. The entire synthesis is structured around a central pillar and turns towards south-east, aiming for the good orientation and the view of the horizon. Following the axes x, y, z the elements of the synthesis, from raw concrete, meet on the site creating spaces, boundaries and sights, in a logic of endless motion.
On the upper side of the plot, the volume of rooms is ruptured by the main axis of the composition, forming the entrance. Walking through the rooms opens the view of the 180ο where the daily living takes part. Bright and with large openings, it becomes one with the landscape and functions as a semi-open space during the summer months. The whole composition is dominated by minimal lines and in combination with the use of mirrors and special lighting, this sense of the endless axes is intensified. The residence is 142m2 in total, with the possibility of extending the space below the daily living space and using the central pillar as a future vertical movement.
Casa Odyssia, like the rocks emerging from the wild landscape, as an anchor, is a space of rest, meditation, hospitality, a rescue “raft” from the urban life. The purpose is the user to rest and get inspired in the search for his own Ithaca ... only then, the concrete blocks, are transformed into a home, with spatial properties, with reason and dream.