20, Alopekis street
106 75, Athens - Greece
Villa Beluga – Blending into the vernacular landscape
Villa Beluga was built in 2015 being part of a three villa independent complex. The residence is located in Kanalia area, on a steep inclined site with amphitheatrically dramatic and unobstructed, 180o views towards Korfos Bay, Chora, the new port, and Tinos Island.
The design aimed to create a discreet vernacular Mykonean country house of high standards, where minimal aesthetics and the local Cycladic style would coexist harmoniously.
The residence is literally placed in the middle of the wild location’s rocky boulders, to be gradually revealed by the sloped private side road, reducing the visual impact of its building volume on the landscape and simultaneously providing full privacy.
The building sum is comprised of four monolithic permeable volumes developing in two levels.
The robust style with the clad in local stone exterior walls, protective at ground floor level, is harmoniously combined with the plasticity of the curved edges of the plastered building volumes.
The ground floor accommodates the sitting area, a home cinema, the kitchen and dining area in open plan, as well as a guest house, all with direct access to the courtyard and the infinity swimming pool. Upstairs there are four bedrooms, each with views to the sea, with their corresponding bathrooms.
Special emphasis is given to the landscaping with the bar, the built-in sitting area, the swimming pool area and the outdoors dining area, all partially covered by wooden pergolas. Some openings “rescind” the interior and exterior borders, allowing natural light to permeate every corner of the residence.
The interior is dominated by white and grey hues which reflect the Aegean light and highlight the pure, contemporary lines of the residence, while combining them ideally with untreated wood and local stone in order to maintain the vernacular island character in the composition.
The bedrooms are characterized by simplicity and serenity, coming alive with traditional wooden constructions on the ceiling. Furniture and decorative objects by renowned designers grace all levels, in a color palette which evokes the sense of familiarity and coziness, while modern lamps and lit niches complete the contemporary architectural style, in reply to the desired functionality, theatricality and clarity of lines.