Sponge factory in Symi, Greece

45-LOS-symi-mbfI keep bumping into this renovation and I didn’t know it was made in Greece! I’m so impressed by Greek architecture lately! 😉
After Nisyros, we go to Symi this time. A Greek island, part of the Dodecanese island chain, very beautiful from what I’ve heard.

In Symi then, there is a new bistro bar and art gallery, LOS (Lobster-Oyster-Sushi). Designed by Yannos Vrousgos and his team Input Creative Studio LOS is a very successful example of modern architecture and design in a traditional building with history.
0-LOS-symi-mbf1-LOS-symi-mbf 3-LOS-symi-mbfLocated in an old sponge factory that was once home of a merchant who made the first sponge diving equipment! The façade of the building was restored keeping the traditional color palette of the island mixing the old and the new with a modern signage and lighting. So it’s implied that many wonders are to be discovered entering the building! The design of LOS references the very interesting island’s history and culture while adding something fresh and contemporary!

In the interior the bar is stealing the show with an installation of copper pipes and light bulbs that mimics the shape of a sponge. A great dynamic is created as it pays homage to the building’s original owner. Sponge is also referred by the bar itself which is also a piece of jewel, made by porous concrete in a freeform shape.

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The amazing patterned tile of the floor affects the general color palette, the custom brass tables give something sophisticated and the tapestry of the big seating area reminds us the traditional fabrics. The mural of a diving mask finishes off the dining area with a slight sense of humor and the copper ductwork throughout ties together the overall character of the design.

Undoubtedly, it’s an incredible mix of contemporary and tradition elements creating something really special in the island of Symi!

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House in Nisyros, Greece

1As the weather is getting better here I got in the mood for mental traveling to a Greek island again. This house attracted me at the very first sight and it got me daydreaming again!

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.

2 3The 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. 4On 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.

5 6 7In 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!
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Villa Kalos in Ithaca

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This amazing villa is located in the island of Ithaca, in Greece. It was an abandoned building before south African photographers Gerda Genis and Robbert Koene  decided to renovate it and use it as a guest house for holidays. The concept of Villa Kalos is to offer all those who like to spend their holidays in the countryside and are looking for an intimate environment on one side, yet furnished and completed with the top-quality details on the other, a place where all this is actually possible. Situated upon the terraced gardens that surround the home and the 6,000 square meters that the property occupies, overlooking almond trees and the olive groves dotting the nearby countryside, the only sound that can be heard are the goats nearby! Personally, I love the raw materials that are used and highlight the traditional architecture and structure of the building, leaving you with the simplicity and sincerity that is needed. I won’t say more, I leave you with the pictures…

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