The originally dilapidated structure of 115m2 total surface area was built-up in the middle of the 19th century from black volcanic rock. The two-story residence was restored to its original form and turned into a stunning villa of two independent luxury apartments, under due diligence with respect to the Nisyrian architecture using only eco-friendly primary materials.
The high-quality restoration preserves and reveals all the traditional elements. The interior spaces combine the eternal style of traditional greek architecture with modern minimalist decoration using wood, stone, polished cement, and built-in furniture in white and earthy colors. Original elements have been incorporated into the design and the old oven is now part of the kitchen and the bathroom while the stone stairs that originally connected the two floors are integrated into the bathroom downstairs. The old fireplaces constitute the main heating source to both floors.
The simplicity of the design and the purity of forms and volumes are in harmony with the particular local idiom. The plasticity of the small spaces is highlighted by laid-out levels in the interior with built-in furniture and modern equipment. The natural light flowing in via the small windows plays a light-shadow game with the textured white walls of visible limed stone masonry and the rough light-colored surfaces made of wood or polished cement bringing to the fore the details.
Visible stonework with filled joints dominates the exterior of the house, visually unifying it with the landscape. The soft artificial lighting has been though studied so as to discretely accent the texture of the walls.
The outdoor spaces comprise of coated built-in levels, steps, and stone sofas, all integrated in rock formations, bringing a sculptural quality to the natural geometry. The raw structural simplicity and the consistency of materials and engravings on all levels aim to a smooth transition from the exterior to the interior and from the natural to constructed item.
It is about a discreet architectural gesture resulting from a respect towards structural authenticity and the use of ageless materials, and giving prominence to traditional elements through simple means of expression and the use of both natural and artificial lighting.
The projects of AD+Architects (Anna Apostolou, Dora Baliami) are concentrated in Athens, on islands (Nisiros, Kos, Lefkada, Kithira, Lesvos), in Mani, as well as in Pelion. They are specialized in the preservation and restoration of traditional historical structures, as well as in landscape design, due to the common perception and questioning of the architects on the integration of the human architectural intervention on the natural and historical space.
Over the course from the initial idea and the design up until the realization of the project, either for a traditional settlement, an urban, natural or archaeological landscape, for a new building or the interior design, the architectural design of AD+Architects is based on a personal aesthetic which has been shaped through different levels of knowledge and experience, on the human-centered approach, on the lasting human needs, on the harmonization of the built and the natural environment, on the respect to the Greek space and its needs.
The best possible living of the human being in the space, the simple, lasting, identifiable geometry, the primary constructive simplicity and the continuity of the materials and the alignments in all scales, the mild transition from the nature to the built item, the studied utilization of mild lighting as an element necessary for living during the night hours, constitute the principles of AD+Architects’ philosophy.
The same philosophy and aesthetic are better expressed with the use of the hand itself on the paper, as the basic, more direct and more personal means of expressing the architectural creation.