Low-Expectations House

A study on banality | Yannis Karababas
Alexandria, Imathia, Greece | 2016



A single-family house is designed in a small town in northern Greece, trying to fit in and at the same time distance itself from its ostensibly mundane surroundings…



Through the contemporary rural and semi-urban landscape of Greece, where architecture is mainly experienced through the car glass, the character of each place doesn’t vary in relation to its geographical latitude, but according to the latitude of the road which crosses it. The most representative of the buildings born out of this extended condition of informal suburbanism are the houses which sprawled all over the Greek countryside, built on the basis of the famous Dom-ino system.



The simultaneous repetition and differentiation of this generic form reveals the fleeting, fluid, archetypal identity of a mundane object which feels as familiar as an old joke and as disturbing as a bad memory…



A low expectation is the shelter you need every time that your desires betray you. The Low-Expectations House is a critical fetish which comes to exonerate the flatness of its world, by reproducing it both explicitly and metaphorically. Inside the house, the acts of domestic life are being performed in a series of similar rooms, each programmed for a different event, repeated through time. Here, the sweet mediocrity of the everyday meets itself at last.




Yannis Karababas

Yannis Karababas is an architect currently based in Athens. He holds a Diploma in Architecture from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He is in search of an architecture that is vivid, relevant and inclusive.

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