Far from the mad­ding cro­wd

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IN MY­KO­NOS, HIDDEN FROM THE SO­CIAL WHIRL, A VIL­LA COMBINES DE­SI­GNER FURNISHINGS WI­TH AN IMAGE BASED ON THE LO­CAL TRADITION.

words GA­IA PAS­SI – pho­tos MAS­SI­MO LISTRI

Dazz­ling whi­te sto­ne, deep blue sea, in­fi­ni­te bo­ta­ni­cal hues, gol­den sunlight: the so­phi­sti­ca­ted splen­dor of the Greek islands. We’re in Aleo­man­dra, the sou­thern­mo­st tip of the island of My­ko­nos. The lar­ge hou­se seems to spring di­rec­tly from the rock: «We de­si­gned it by loo­king at the sur­roun­ding landscape, and the ty­pi­cal architecture wi­thout an ar­chi­tect of the island, wi­th soft, roun­ded li­nes», says Vassilis Matsaidonis, who did this pro­ject for a friend wi­th Christos Nikolaou ten years ago. «Cer­tain fea­tu­res, li­ke the win­do­ws, sug­ge­st the architecture of Le Cor­bu­sier». Vassilis Matsaidonis and Christos Nikolaou are ou­tstan­ding fi­gu­res in the cul­tu­ral li­fe of My­ko­nos: they are the ow­ners of the Ra­ri­ty Gal­le­ry, a well­k­no­wn art gal­le­ry in the hi­sto­ri­cal cen­ter, sho­wing lea­ding in­ter­na­tio­nal con­tem­po­ra­ry art sin­ce 1995. «We wan­ted the hou­se to re­sem­ble a gal­le­ry, wi­th lar­ge, mi­ni­ma­li­st spa­ces», Matsaidonis ex­plains. Wi­th over 1,000 squa­re me­ters of spa­ce, the va­rious le­vels adapt to the ter­ra­cing of the land. The gar­den is «big but sim­ple»: cac­ti, ear­the­n­ware urns. In­si­de, sha­des of whi­te adorn pa­le walls, whi­le the floor is in lu­mi­nous bei­ge, wi­th light chest­nut wood for the cei­lings in the be­drooms. The de­si­gn furnishings ha­ve bright hues, li­ke the ma­ri­ne blue of the so­fa in the living area, or the bright red of the Le Cor­bu­sier arm­chair in one of the ten be­drooms. Well-cho­sen pie­ces gi­ve eve­ry room an ele­gant look and func­tio­nal qua­li­ty. The view

ta­kes in the ar­chi­pe­la­go of the Cyclades, wi­th win­do­ws ga­zing di­rec­tly at the sea. From the ter­ra­ces you can see De­los, wi­th its ama­zing ruins that re­veal a ci­vi­li­za­tion of the di­stant pa­st. Near­by stands the si­lhouet­te of Ti­nos, a pla­ce of re­li­gious pil­gri­ma­ge, of mo­stly un­con­ta­mi­na­ted beau­ty. The in­fi­ni­ty pool is a per­fect spot to en­joy the ex­traor­di­na­ry pa­no­ra­ma. The de­si­gners ha­ve ma­de wa­ter into an ele­ment of in­door-out­door con­nec­tion: the pool en­ters the hou­se to crea­te a soft, in­ti­ma­te at­mo­sphe­re. And Aleo­man­dra is an ideal pla­ce to get away from the bu­stle of the island.

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