NCaved House in Serifos Island

MOLD architects is an architectural practice founded by Iliana Kerestetzi in 2011. Their work integrates research projects, landscape, graphic design, advanced computational design, interor design, visual arts and more.

NCaved is located on a small secluded rocky cove on Serifos Island, Greece, seemingly hovering just above sea level. The need to create a protected shelter, at a location of disarming view, but openly exposed to strong north winds, led the team to the decision to drill the slope, instead of arranging a set of spaces in line at ground level. A rectangular grid was applied to the slope to produce a three-dimensional “chessboard” of solids and voids that accommodate and, at the same time, isolate the residence quarters. This strict geometry is discontinued with the rotation of the last axis of the grid, which provides the living area with ampler view. Shifting the axis intensifies the sense of perspective significantly, and thus the imprint of the residence appears minimized at the conceptual end of the ascent.
Longitudinal walls of dry stone outline and protect the interior and exterior spaces. They consist the vertical borders, which lead the visitor’s gaze to the horizon line.
In contrast to the sturdy stone walls, the transverse facades are light, made of glass and can open along their entire length.
The front is fully open to the east view, while the rear windows frame indoor gardens, enhancing the air flow and letting light into the residence.


PROJECT Ncaved House
LOCATION Serifos Island, Greece
YEAR 2020
PHOTO Yiorgis Yerolymbos, Panagiotis Voumvakis