The lure of a Greek villa is undeniable - practical, welcoming, and situated spectacularly within its environment with a timeless contemporary look. Located in Igoumenitsa, a coastal city in northwestern Greece, the Private Villas Sivota are designed in this tradition, taking best advantage of views towards the Ionian Sea and a culture of indoor/outdoor living with a mix of traditional and modern building elements.
Comprising four residential buildings, the villas actually sat unfinished for several years due to the country’s economic crisis. In 2015, the current owner purchased the property in order to finish the project as a quiet, private residential property for the owner’s family. A place for relaxation and retreat, privacy was an essential aspect of the project, to be balanced with taking advantage of spectacular views.
The completion of building works were undertaken by Dinis Real Estate and Development, who updated the design with local partners including Spinian de Sanchez Exterior Architect. The time frame of the project was tight, with redesign and then construction works to be finished within a year and a half.
Connecting to the outdoors
With solid brick and stone work enclosing the villa to provide privacy, the key architectural feature became the creation of an interior/exterior connection oriented toward prime views with a sliding system. For a modern application such as this, aluminium was the client’s first choice of framing as the smooth and square finishes that can be achieved from aluminium window framing suit the more minimal detail oriented design that is prevalent throughout contemporary Greek villa architecture.
The selection of the sliding system was paramount to the overall design. Donatos Dinis of the Dinis Real Estate and Development Group explains they looked at a number of systems and ultimately selected the Reynaers system as it was the only tested and complete system on the market while being affordable. ‘Our client loves this system because it results in unobstructed views. With its hidden profiles, this was the only system we felt that could do this,’ says Dinis.