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alos is a practice for architecture and design founded by Lydia Xynogala in New York, producing buildings, environments and objects.

projects begin with rigorous research and experimentation. through simple geometries they engage material properties, sites and cultural narratives at various scales and formats.

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Three Guesthouses


Three existing and partially completed buildings were left in masonry units and concrete frame stage for years. Local building regulations did not allow for any alterations in their volume, therefore surface and texture became the architectural intervention. Programmatic requirements called for their conversion as guesthouses with a shared kitchen/breakfast room and wine cava. The design concept was to create a subtle/playful differentiation between the three buildings; this was achieved with the use of different materials and colors.The façade of all ground floors is clad in local field stone similar to the dry stack stone walls in the surrounding landscape. .

The façade of the upper parts has been insulated and painted. Each façade has a slightly different hue responding to its orientation. New window openings have been cut and framed in grey marble. The exterior stairs added more space in the interiors: by completely gutting them we created five new bedrooms, each with their own bathroom, a kitchen to entertain guests, outdoor and indoor dining areas, a gym and private balconies.
Wooden shutters shield the rooms from the sun. In closed state they form a geometric paintings on the walls. Low cost and durable finishes were selected to withstand heavy use, paired with custom details and furniture.

Exterior Conversion, Interior Design, Landscape
Sporades, Greece
Yiorgis Yerolymbos