This award winning house is situated on the top of a hill enjoying a 360 – degree view of the Cycladic islands and the straits between Paros & Antiparos. A man made Crater (“Kratir” in Greek) is sculpted into the landscape concealing the volume of the house from the village and protecting the exterior living spaces from the elements. The approach to the house is a steep linear path leading to the lip of the Crater where the house is revealed. A ramp dips down into the main Crater area where the fl ow through the interior and exterior areas of the house commences. Four elements are combined to form the living experiences of the house and the landscape: Stone: Stone surfaces form the edges of the Crater. The ‘alien’: the alien is a white rectangular volume that lies in the Crater, where the kitchen and dining areas are located. Large glass panels open, dissolving the distinction between interior and exterior spaces. Water: A shallow 25m lap pool flanks the western edge of Crater in line with a formation of small islands to the north. The western lip of the pool overflows creating a visual connection with the sea. Lava fl ow: A path flows under the pool into the landscape as if lava had spilled out of Crater. At the end of the path lies the guesthouse.