→ CELL IN THE WOODS
The cell is in the wider area of the Holy Monastery of Saint George at Stylida. The area is semi-mountainous, and the monastery is built close to a stream to the northwest. The stream is used throughout the year by the monks either for blessings of the waters or for an isolating walk. There was a need, therefore, to construct a cell-space for the ascetic. The construction is set in the forest, on the slope by the stream. The cell is embraced by the natural scenery, remaining a humble intervention to the environment. The raw materials that were used are a reference to the traditional building materials of cells. The walls, made of metal sheet, create a recess for the desk and the library, as a reference to the recesses of stone constructions. We chose to have the only big aperture on the east face, both because of the importance of the east in religion and prayer, and to control the light and the feeling of seclusion, created by the rest of the blind faces. The entrance of the cell is through a hatch on the floor. The cell is elevated a few meters over the slope, so that the monk has to climb a stair to reach it, as a reference to the Christian lifting of the spirit and also the vertical movement usually imposed by Christian architecture in belfries and domes.