Clean lines, solid materials and a sense of permanence surround this partly-subterranean house on the Aegean Sea. Large areas are reserved for ramps, decks and pools to engage the beautiful outdoor settings on all sides.

Traditional stone and white stucco tie the building into the place, but the modern cubes and rectangles make this clearly a work of contemporary construction at the same time.

Designed by Deca Architecture, there are comforting accents to the austere structure, too, like a natural-wood canopy and wooden benches with copious cushions in one of the outdoor deck areas.