So, we are in a village of Nisyros, Emporio abandoned for many years, as its residents had become immigrants. However, the last years something is stirring again and the village gets some life. In its highest point, where the castle is situated, the first house that was restored, a building of 17th century is a piece of admiration. I would love being there right now…
The renovation was undertaken by Dolihos company with i.LANDarchitects who used all the morphology, typology and structure elements that had been found during the excavation. The building was named Sterna Nisyros Residences because of the biggest cistern (sterna in Greek) that was found in the village. Every work in this restoration was made with great respect to the traditional forms and types of structure, as well as of local architecture.
The house is 128 m2 and has two levels. The ground floor is an open space where the kitchen and living room are separated through a height difference. The concept was that daily needs of its residents will be satisfied but also it can be a modern art place through Time Capsule Art Project. It was one of the owners’ ideas, that the house is available as a guest room but mostly as a creative, inspiring and relaxing space for artists where they can create and exhibit their work that was inspired by their stay in the island. On the first floor there are the bathroom and 2 bedrooms with wooden balconies. The materials that are used are region friendly, cement, glossy oil painting for the ceiling and wood of course. All of them in white colors that highlight the Greek island style! In the bathroom bronze faucets and the stone sink catch the eye! This sink was found during the excavation and thankfully they decided to keep it. I love that these bathroom elements are so humble and original.
In the end, outside of the house we find a yard of 40m2 with a big iron couch and a wooden table that gaze the sea. This is where the cistern, which collects the rain water supplying the house with water all year long, is situated. Through this yard you can take the stone stairs and go to the roof where a cozy seating area is created with a 360o view available. From the Turkish coasts to the volcano of Nisyros!
Very charming in every detail! Don’t you think? Photos Panos Kokkinias