LOCATION: Nisyros-one of the most beautiful islands of the Dodecanese, still intact from the tourist development. Place of wild beauty and great history, formed by volcanic eruptions and according to GREEK mythology created the Giants during the war between Gods and Giants, when Poseidon chased the giant Polyvotis to Kos, cut a part of, and throwing it over the enemy, the sunk forever in the Aegean Sea. This legendary rock is today Nisyros and its vulcanic explosions are the angry breaths of the defeated giant. These eruptions formed the newest of the volcanic centers of Greece and still active – together with those of Milos, Santorini and Methana.
In ancient times, Nisyros, prospered from trade obsidian, which mined the Nisyros from the nearby island Glass in which it operates today pumice mining factory. It has an area of 41 sq. Km., A coastline of 28 km. And a population of 1,000 inhabitants. Connected with Piraeus, Kos and Rhodes.
RESIDENCE: Built around 1850, this residence in Nisyros was completely restored and turned into a villa of two independent luxury apartments by ADarchitects, with respect to the local architectural tradition and using only eco-friendly primary materials, in particular the local black volcanic stone of the island, that gives the house its special character. The high-quality restoration preserves and reveals all the traditional elements of the building. The uncluttered interiors combine the eternal style of traditional local architecture with modern minimalistic design using wood, stone, polished cement, and built-in furniture in white and earthy colors. The simplicity of the design and the purity of forms and volumes are in harmony with the particular local idiom. The plasticity of the small white spaces is highlighted by laid-out levels with built-in furniture and modern equipment.
Natural light flowing in through the small windows plays a game of light and shadow with the textured white walls of visible limed stone masonry and the rough light-colored surfaces, highlighting the interior’s details. Visible stonework with filled joints dominates the exterior of the house, visually unifying it with the landscape. The soft artificial lighting has been studied so as to discretely accent the texture of the walls. The outdoor spaces comprise coated built-in levels, steps, and stone sofas, all integrated in rock formations, bringing a sculptural quality to the natural geometry. The raw structural simplicity and the consistency of materials and engravings on all levels result to a smooth transition from the exterior to the interior and from natural to constructed elements. Overall, this restoration is about a discreet architectural gesture resulting from a respect towards structural authenticity and the use of ageless materials, while giving prominence to traditional elements through simple means of expression and the use of both natural and artificial lighting. ADarchitects
Sun, June 5, 2016Interior