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…
- Follow with exact fidelity the existing ground contour, which is extremely interesting.
- Orient the living spaces towards the south with an ample view of the White Mountains.
- 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.
“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.”
“The concrete walls are ‘painted’ with stone varnish, so that the material will acquire a ‘liquid’ mood and artistic substance.”
Steel columns paired with the concrete walls and roof create a modern, integrated feel for the home.
The home’s public spaces are open and flow easily from one to the other, supporting a relaxed lifestyle and frequent interactions among visitors.
“The position of the columns, in and out of the glass panelling, establishing unity between internal and external.”
The study is a quiet, private space to enjoy down time after a day of sight-seeing.
This kitchen is a beautiful and functional space to prepare specialties found during an outing to the foodie markets for which Chania is famous.
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.
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.
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: