The picturesque settlement of Vathipetro, is located 4km south of the town of Archanes, in the municipality of Archanes-Asteroussia. In the Southeast side of the settlement, on the southern slopes of Mount Juktas, lies an important archaeological site, with significant finds such as: the oldest winery and mill revealed by the late archaeologist Spyros Marinatos. The area of Vathipetro is known as well for its incredible nature. This design concerns the public area, from the entrance to the exit of the settlement, a total area of 1130 sq.m. The main concept of the Architectural study was to maintain the existing confines of the shared space, configured with the passage of time, the natural landscape and the village style. The use of local materials like limestone, sandstone and quartzite and the use of forged cement, wood and metal in colors and textures such as to fit perfectly with the existing structures, were essential for achieving that goal.The aim of the Architectural study was the aesthetical and functional upgrade of the area, within an ecological approach.
This was achieved by:
- Conceiving a universal design approach for the whole area of the settlement, in order for it to have a strong and distinct identity.
- Creating new functional areas for walking and resting, for the visitors and the residents of the settlement.
- Utilizing natural local recyclables and no interventions that would destroy the trees of the area.