Villa Anemolia

Villa Anemolia

Architect
mplusm
Location
Megalochori, Santorini, Greece | View Map
Project Year
2013
Category
Private Houses
Memos Filippidis, © MPLUSM

Villa Anemolia

mplusm as Architects

Megalochori is an introverted and quiet village in Santorini, one of the few to have retained its traditional character intact. Villa Anemolia is near the beginning of the central winding footpath that descends gradually towards the village’s square. With the privacy of a walled courtyard and away from the island’s jostling summer crowds, this villa has all the prerequisites for a peaceful stay of guests. The preexisting house required a quite radical renovation in order to address hospitality requirements but also a level of heightened architectural simplicity. The three rooms were preserved with minimum alterations –allowing for two bedrooms with an interconnecting door and a living area to be shared. Their vaulted ceilings belong to a long tradition of such traditional structures in Santorini, when long wooden beams weren’t available in order to bridge the span of rooms. Thus interiors in the island are typically cavernous, embedded in the volcanic soil with light coming only from the façade, from the side of the courtyard. Villa Anemolia is no exception –we supplemented this with new skylights and with embedded lights in small wall recesses so as to offer a dispersal of luminosity. The plan of the villa –typical for the traditional cavernous spaces of the island- has this organic geometry which departs from the orthogonal. This made us replace all previous free standing furniture with built-in beds that seemingly continue the cement floor, a matte finish that is traditional for the island. The new wardrobes merge with the walls while wooden sofa beds flank the common living area. A large mirror next to one of the wardrobe areas extends the oblique geometry of the rooms. New planted areas in the courtyard and roof terrace upgrade all outdoor areas and become the primary backdrop for a pleasant stay.

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Product Spec Sheet

ElementBrand
Easy ChairRoda SRL
ChairVitra.
Product Spec Sheet
Easy Chair
HARP 359 by Roda SRL
Chair
DAW | Polypropylene chair by Vitra.
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