Two rustic holiday homes wrapped in a modern design overlook the south, the volcano and the Aegean Sea. We take you to this project designed by Kapsimalis Archites, which is not an unfamiliar name to us. We have reviewed their Holiday Houses in Fira and House in Vourvoulos in their home country of Greece before.
The Greek island of Santorini undoubtedly possesses some of the most fascinating architecture in the world. The pristine white buildings combined with their blue roofs and idyllic backdrops make creating a project here very rewarding. This time, we highlight another project by Kapsimalis Architects, a reconstruction of a long and tall building that was once used as a warehouse. The architectural firm transformed it into two separate summer residences with terraces, swimming pools and living areas.
The minimal interior strives for a serene feeling.
The project consisting of two holiday residences is located in a traditional village called Imerovigli on the island of Santorini. The starting point of the project is an old house that was destroyed in an earthquake in 1965. The remaining caves in the volcanic earth that made up the house have been reconstructed, leaving the original architecture unchanged. The entrance is at the level of the village pedestrian street and leads you to the terrace of the houses. Two external staircases lead to the level of the courtyards. This is due to the fact that the plot is located downstream from the street and on a steep slope of the island's Caldera. From above, the project resembles a maze thanks to the wide variety of spaces with a visual interest in every curve. These curved walls and openings form the common thread of the interior, which contrasts with the sharp angles of the pool, terraces and stairs. Furthermore, the minimal interior strives for a serene and pure feeling through the light beige colours on the walls and matt white cement for the floor. The palette of natural materials includes wood, marble and matt earth tones. The eye-catcher of the project? The inviting terraces. These are perfectly aligned with the house's greatest feature, the breathtaking expanse of the Aegean Sea. Both summer residences contribute to the Greek traditions of this magical island.
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Photography by Yiorgos Kordakis