Situated in a picturesque plot in Tala hills, a rocky suburb of Pafos, Cyprus, Casa Nera is a residential project, by Christiana Karagiorgi Architects, that stands in discreet simplicity and highly functional performance.
Black is a color that absorbs light and transforms it into a spectrum of essences in space. Casa Nera stands for its openness to light, view perspectives of its location and openness towards the landscape. It suggests a retreat – a place to return – into the Pafos country suburbs.
On a very inclined plot amongst nature and see view perspectives, the house is developed in two main levels and a work space underneath. The inclinations of the ground allow different relations of the main spaces to the exterior.
“Ground floor spaces suggest an open almost exposed space. Its long glazed surfaces leave the light go through and unite interior with exterior spaces”.
Living spaces are multiplied by visual and movement proximities whereas the pool yard becomes part of them.
Two different levels of water surfaces allow a multiplication of aesthetic elements in different spaces.
“The upper floor is facing the coastal views of west and east whereas the bedrooms are transformed into lofts that open towards the landscape”.
The facades are cladded with black metal panels which are transformed into vertical louvres – as semitransparent surfaces – thus giving a feeling of elegant materiality to the volumes of the house.
The use of natural materials such as metal, concrete and wood suggests a unique and contemporary architecture.
The darkness of the metal cladding transforms the volume into an elegant feature that becomes one with the surrounding rocky fields.