The Frame House sits on the steep hill of Politia in the northern suburbs of Athens. The gradient towards the southwest reveals a breathtaking view of the city below but the northeast aspect of the site looks into the hill and onto the main access road. This duality of the site was the basis for the renovation of the existing house. The building was streamlined into a clean, white, rectangular form allowing the view to take the leading role. On the street-facing elevation the changes were minimised, retaining the existing proportions and openings with the exception of the entrance, which was opened to welcome visitors in.
On the north side of the house a grilled, wooden box provides welcome shade and also acts as a windbreak when necessary. The box opens along one length towards the pool, thanks to a series of hydraulic pistons. Once open the extended area of shade can obscure even the lowest southwestern light. The view from the main volume of the house is ‘framed’ with a white, steel structure that clings to the external walls of the house. It features a composition of lights arranged according to a study of the light conditions. The lights give a strong identity to the house and playfully alter your perception of the mass of the volume, as well as creating a distinctive atmosphere at night.