An Architectural Marvel in Crete

This Stunning Modern Home is Available to Rent for a Greek Getaway

An Architectural Marvel in Chania, Crete | Architecture by Alexandros Marios Nikiforiadis & Danae Skaraki | Interior Design by Xara Amargianaki | Photography by Andreas Markakis | Modern Sanctuary | Home Exterior Inspiration | Modern Home Exterior Inspiration
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Andreas Markakis
04/12/2017

Spending time in the tranquil Greek Isles has always been on my bucket list, and I’m sure this is true for many people. Even though Greece has experienced a few economically tough years, it is still a popular, safe and relatively affordable travel destination. There are so many reasons to plan a holiday in this beautiful country: endless beaches, fantastic food, picture perfect views and friendly locals are just a few.

Located in Chania, the second largest city on the Greek island of Crete, this home is a modern masterpiece (nominated for a MIES VAN DER ROHE European award in 2009) and one more reason to book a sunny, relaxing Greek vacation. Built in 2005 by architects Alexandros Marios Nikiforiadis & Danae Skaraki, the spacious 3,200 square foot house boasts four bedrooms, three baths and is available for rent.

The architects describe the home’s design this way: “The building site is situated within the boundaries of the city of Chania, in an area of vineyards and orange groves. Our intention for the architecture is to…

  1. Follow with exact fidelity the existing ground contour, which is extremely interesting.
  2. Orient the living spaces towards the south with an ample view of the White Mountains.
  3. Create the impression that the whole structure is just a big shadow in-between  the surrounding trees.”

Their vision and ability to integrate the home with its surrounding landscape resulted in a breathtaking balance of sophistication and comfort while emphasizing indoor/outdoor living.

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Andreas Markakis

“The walls organize all the home’s functionality and assign the hierarchy of spaces. They also define two parallel corridors. An external one, leading from the main gate towards  the horizon, and an inner one, starting from the atrium, running along its full length, leading to the protected veranda and … beyond.”

Photo by:
Andreas Markakis
Photo by:
Andreas Markakis

 “The concrete walls are ‘painted’ with stone varnish, so that the material will acquire a ‘liquid’ mood and artistic substance.”

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Andreas Markakis

Steel columns paired with the concrete walls and roof create a modern, integrated feel for the home.

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Andreas Markakis

 The home’s public spaces are open and flow easily from one to the other, supporting a relaxed lifestyle and frequent interactions among visitors.

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Andreas Markakis

“The position of the columns, in and out of the glass panelling, establishing unity between internal and external.”

Photo by:
Andreas Markakis
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Andreas Markakis

The study is a quiet, private space to enjoy down time after a day of sight-seeing.

Photo by:
Andreas Markakis
Photo by:
Andreas Markakis
Photo by:
Andreas Markakis

This kitchen is a beautiful and functional space to prepare specialties found during an outing to the foodie markets for which Chania is famous.

Photo by:
Andreas Markakis

Several outdoor dining areas allow for casual or more formal meal experiences. This small concrete table welcomes visitors to sit with their morning coffee and plan their day.

Photo by:
Andreas Markakis
Photo by:
Andreas Markakis
Photo by:
Andreas Markakis

Bedrooms are located in a more private area of the home and have large sliding glass panels to provide unobstructed views of, and access to, the outdoor spaces.

An Architectural Marvel in Chania, Crete | Architecture by Alexandros Marios Nikiforiadis & Danae Skaraki | Interior Design by Xara Amargianaki | Photography by Andreas Markakis | Modern Sanctuary | Bedroom | Modern Bedroom | Bedroom Inspiration
Photo by:
Andreas Markakis
Photo by:
Andreas Markakis
Photo by:
Andreas Markakis

At night, the home glows with light and invites travelers to experience its welcoming spaces.

My purpose is for my guests to feel comfortable, like their home, staying true to the spirit of human hospitality.  Villa Owner, Manolis Pavlidakis

Sanctuary Seekers – to gain a better understanding of the property and daydream about Greek travels, view this short video clip: 

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Architectural Marvel in Chania Crete, Greece

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