on Mykonos, this home is the per­fect show­case for no-fuss, high-charm re­lax­ation

The hy­brid bliss of clas­sic Cy­cladic is­land style and Scandi cool

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While Mykonos may be well known as the party cap­i­tal of the Mediter­ranean, the small is­land also of­fers quiet, se­cluded beaches far from the throngs of par­ty­go­ers.

When christina Paraskevopoulou and ge­orge Papout­sis de­cided to ren­o­vate their hol­i­day home along the quiet north­ern coast, it was their in­ten­tion to make the most of the wild nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment and breath­tak­ing views from the prop­erty, while never com­pro­mis­ing on the abil­ity to en­ter­tain and host their friends.

athens-based Block722 ar­chi­tects sotiris Tser­gas and Katja Mar­gar­i­toglou did just that when they took on the project. They ap­plied in­tu­itive de­sign so­lu­tions to the home and the out­side en­ter­tain­ment ar­eas that speak to both the own­ers’ life­style as well as the re­gion’s cli­mate. The spirit of Mediter­ranean liv­ing and the so­phis­ti­cated min­i­mal­ism of scan­di­na­vian aes­thet­ics are com­bined in the 300-square-me­tre house to cre­ate a spa­cious and re­laxed at­mos­phere. clean lines and sim­ple ar­chi­tec­tural shapes are found through­out, keep­ing the in­te­rior cool dur­ing the harsh sum­mers.

Wood and stone are the pri­mary ma­te­ri­als in the home. rather than keep to the usual rus­tic in­flu­ences of the area, each el­e­ment is clean, de­lib­er­ate and un­de­ni­ably con­tem­po­rary. In the liv­ing room, a day bed rests on a con­crete slab just inches from the ground, be­neath a large arch cut from the wall, while stone benches ex­tend from the walls to cre­ate seam­less seat­ing and storage ar­eas. In the kitchen, an­other large arch can be found, which hides in­ter­est­ing storage spa­ces: deep squares cut into the walls. Through­out the house, a se­lec­tion of dif­fer­ent tex­tures and ma­te­ri­als were com­bined for a mod­ern yet com­fort­able look. glass and me­tal found in lamps and tables are con­trasted with raw linen, wo­ven car­pets and cush­ions, while pol­ished con­crete floors (which re­placed old wooden ones) are paired with white­washed walls.

While the house is filled with clas­sic de­signer pieces (see the carl hansen & søn din­ing chairs and me­tal tables by Mos de­sign), many were de­signed es­pe­cially for christina and ge­orge by Block722, such as the chic wooden cab­i­nets in the kitchen, the con­sole in the mas­ter bed­room and even out­door pieces such as the din­ing ta­ble un­der the per­gola.

nat­u­ral light was key in the de­sign of the house. The win­dows are large and un­ob­structed – some seem as large as doors and go al­most right up to the ceil­ing. set in sim­ple wooden frames, the win­dows al­low light to fill al­most ev­ery corner of the home. out­side, the spa­cious en­ter­tain­ment ar­eas echo the sim­plic­ity of the in­te­rior. one area is shaded by a wooden per­gola and houses the din­ing ta­ble with am­ple seat­ing – the per­fect ex­cuse to have ev­ery meal out­side – while an­other seat­ing area – cov­ered only with sim­ple palm branches – takes re­lax­ation one step fur­ther with large, soft day beds over­look­ing the ocean and the sur­round­ing de­los and rineia is­lands.

Just a few me­tres away a large swim­ming pool begs to be splashed in. Made from resin, large shal­low steps de­scend into the water, creat­ing an invit­ing gra­di­ent of turquoise colour.

While the Mediter­ranean and scan­di­navia may be worlds apart, the two are brought to­gether beau­ti­fully in this home, il­lus­trat­ing that sim­plic­ity and com­fort are a uni­ver­sal lan­guage. Block722 8 block722.com n

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