In the heart of a gently sloping olive grove in Methoni, Greece, stands the Khi House. Its atypical shape and immaculate whiteness contrast with the olive groves of this region of Messinia in the south of the Peloponnese.
The villa was designed by London-based Lassa Architects. It was built for a couple of art collectors who wanted to combine the intimacy of a private residence, close to the cloister with its enclosed gardens, with that of a gallery dedicated to the public for exhibitions. The concept is part of the studio research projects, such as Villa Ypsilon, focused on the development of non-standard architecture at the intersection of art, technology and social sciences. The central element is the reinforced concrete enclosure wall which, in its continuous, undulating form, forms an X, dividing the 200 square metre space into four distinct wings. Inside, each room is extended by a terrace and an inner courtyard. Lassa worked with local contractors, including a company specialising in polystyrene products. This enabled him to optimise production using a computer-controlled digital hot-wire cutting system. The result is a feat of organic architecture in a play of undulations that animate the sun-drenched spaces.