Sunday Sanctuary: Vora Villa

  I have always strongly believed that a picture can speak a thousand words. And when the location is Santorini, visual storytelling is fully justified. Having travelled to Santorini three years ago, it has to be one of my favourite destinations to date, and it is here we find this weeks Sunday Sanctuary,  the Vora Villas.

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Renderings Of An Ancient Monolith In Santorini

Santorini rises from a volcanic caldera, the largest island of a small archipelago off the coast of Greece. Here, Kapsimalis Architects has proposed ‘House in Finikia’, a man-made monolith that draws its inspiration from volcanic stone.
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Holiday Style With A Bump

What I wore in Kos whilst being 27 weeks pregnant

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Casa Cook Kos

We just got back from a relaxing week at Casa Cook Kos, a beach-side boutique resort on the island of Kos

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A Contemporary Hillside Home In Skiathos, Greece

On the Greek island of Skiathos, architectural bureau Lydia Xynogala Projects built a modern home to fit perfectly with the sloping Mediterranean landscape. The house consists of three parallel adjoining rooms, all with their own outdoor terrace, allow…

10 idyllic Greek island retreats from Dezeen’s Pinterest boards

Following the completion of an unusually domed holiday home in Greece, we’ve rounded up 10 summer houses on far-flung Greek islands, including a modernist home inspired by Yves Klein’s paintings and a once earthquake-damaged property restored using historical photographs. Silver House, Zante, by Olivier Dwek Olivier Dwek’s modernist house perches above the coastline of Zante, a popular Greek holiday island. Its stark

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Domed summer house by LASSA offers an elevated view over a Greek olive grove

Fingers of earth branch over this mound-shaped holiday home by architecture studio LASSA, allowing its owners to climb up onto the roof to admire an olive grove on Greece’s Peloponnese peninsula. The 150-square-metre Villa Ypsilon was designed by London- and Brussels-based firm LASSA, which is headed up by architects Theo Sarantoglou Lalis and Dora Sweijd. The domed form of

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Angled walls and fissures break up mass of concrete office building by Vtria Architects

The concrete walls and roof of this headquarters for the Greek city of Lamia’s Municipal Water Supply are interrupted by voids and fissures that carve out different routes through the building. The building is set on the eastern edge of the city at a junction of two main roads so local studio Vtria Architects aimed to create “an

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Greek island home by Lydia Xynogala fans out to maximise sea views

Staggering a series of parallel spaces, architect and Columbia University professor Lydia Xynogala has created a hillside home on Skiathos where rooms have secluded terraces facing the ocean. Xynogala built the House in Achladies on a slope along the Greek island’s Aegean coast, using retaining walls to compose the backbone of the home’s three sections.

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Huge circular hole pierces concrete house in Crete by Tense Architecture Network

Athens-based Tense Architecture Network has completed a curvy concrete house on the Greek island of Crete, featuring a massive circular puncture that provides it occupants with a shaded roof terrace. Designed for a young couple and their two young children, the residence is located in the Mediterranean city of Heraklion. It sit on an elevated, corner site, exposed to the southern sun on the

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A House With A View In Zakynthos

On 2.5 acres of smooth slope in the northeast Island of Zakynthos, Greece sits a high-altitude 275 square-meter house with awed views from each room.
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The Holy Cross Chapel

The underground chapel of Holy Cross was proposed for the island Serifos, facing the Aegean Sea with its single cliff facade. 
 
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Santorini summer house by Kapsimalis Architects is formed of bright white blocks

This bright white summer house on the Santorini coastline comprises a series of staggered blocks, designed by Kapsimalis Architects to reflect the traditional housing on the Greek island (+ slideshow). Greek architects Alexandros Kapsimalis and Marianna Kapsimali designed the family retreat for a sloping plot on the outskirts of the village of Messaria. Each room of the residence is contained within a white-rendered block More

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Renzo Piano completes Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center on a huge artificial hill

Italian architect Renzo Piano has finished a major new park, library and theatre complex in Athens, following one of the largest donations for a cultural building project in history (+ slideshow). Located in the Kallithea district in the south of the Greek capital, the huge Stavros Niarchos Cultural Centre creates new homes for the National Library of Greece and More

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Parthenon could be moved to London, says RCA graduate Kit Stiby Harris

Graduate shows 2016: architecture graduate Kit Stiby Harris has proposed relocating the “fake” Parthenon from Athens to the British Museum in London. This would allow the 2,500-year-old structure to be reunited with the Elgin Marbles – decorative stone sculptures from the Parthenon’s facade that are controversially kept at the London museum – while raising money to fund More

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A Modern Summer House On A Greek Island

Located on the Greek island of Paros, studio Re-act Architects designed a modern retreat as a reinterpretation of Cycladic architecture. Inspired by the traditional cubic form, architects Natasha Deliyianni and Yiorgos Spiridonos added a minimal touch to the white summer house titled ‘Maison Kamari‘. Nestled into the curve of the site’s plot, the structure’s design […]

Perfect Escape With Aerin Lauder

Hands up if you need a holiday?  If you’re sitting at your desk right now, tapping away at a keyboard much like yours truly, you’ll catch my drift, a girl can never aspire to make time for too many holidays.  Gaining a tan from a computer screen is not necessarily the most romantic way in which […]

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2016 Travel Bucket List

Every January I tell myself that I will travel more, I don’t seem to ever be as happy as when I’m exploring a new place, whether that’s a city, mountain, ocean or island. I love doing the research before I go, often searching Instagram and Pinterest for the places others have been, seeking out the best local cafés and […]

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White Wash

I strongly advise that if you’re as uncoordinated as yours truly that you should avoid wearing white, that is unless you have reasonable cause.  Therefore excuses for wearing white that may appear valid are as follows … 1.  You are invited to an all white Kymye party .. say no more. 2. You are a laboratory […]

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Island Luxe

As an artist I’ve always believed that a picture can speak a thousand words.  On top of the fact that I wouldn’t consider my journalistic skills to be the most valuable of my assets, I’m happy to share that in locations such as this story telling via images is well justified.  Welcome to one of […]

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A House With A Rooftop Infinity Pool

Kois Associated Architects designed a panoramic house with an infinity pool as the roof located on the Greek island of Tinos.
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Twin Holiday Homes Overlooking The Aegean

Athenian architects Block 722 designed two holiday homes on the Greek island Syros. Titled “Syros I” and “Syros II”, the dual residences were created with gatherings of family and friends in mind, each with guest rooms detached from the master living space. Crafted with traditional stone work, the houses feature large outdoor living areas, complete […]

Kapsimalis Architects completes mountainside apartments near Santorini’s highest point

Rocks excavated from the site of this apartment building on the Greek island of Santorini were reused to form terraces and retaining walls so it blends with its mountainous setting (+ slideshow). Greek studio Kapsimalis Architects
 designed the two-storey building, which comprises four holiday apartments, for a Greek investor who lives in Australia. It occupies a More

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A Sustainable Villa In Greece By 314 Architecture Studio

Athens-based 314 Architecture Studio created a sleek villa with a contemporary design that was built with sustainability in mind. Using only eco-friendly materials, the ergonomic structure consists of a tank that collects water as well as solar and photovoltaic panels to provide the building with energy and electric power. On the concept behind the design, architect […]

Any Excuse

I must admit that I’ve been very bad.  Although I may be in Santorini shooting a project, I also have a very good list of pathetic reasons why I haven’t been able to post ie. ‘there is no internet on Santorini’ (ok not really), ‘the hours that I’ve been shooting here leave no time for posting'(ummm, that’s […]

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Silver House by Olivier Dwek stands on the forested hillside of the Greek island Zante

Stark white walls frame vistas of the Ionian Sea from a bright white house by Brussels-based architect Olivier Dwek, which is perched above the coastline of Zante (+ slideshow). The island, made famous by Greek poet Homer in mythological tales the Iliad and the Odyssey, sits off the west coast of mainland Greece in the Ionian Sea […]

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A Curved Concrete Art Warehouse By A31 Architecture

A31 Architecture designed a rustic curved concrete art warehouse in the region of Boeotia, Greece. Situated among olive,…

A Minimal Holiday Home With A View By Dwek Architects

Designed by Brussels-based architect studio Dwek Architecture, ‘The Silver House’ is a sleek minimal home located in Greece…

Hiboux Architects elevates slatted timber garage above the pool of an Athens house

This slatted timber garage is propped above the swimming pool of a house on a hillside overlooking Athens (+ slideshow). The Suspended Garage provides parking for two cars as well as a space for the family to spend time working on their bikes and motorcycle. It was designed by Athens-based studio Hiboux Architects, which was founded in 2011 by Marianna […]

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Tense Architecture Network completes a “frugal” concrete home in a Greek olive grove

The triangular form of this concrete home in Greece by Tense Architecture Network creates a large window overlooking olive groves and the Gerania Mountains (+ slideshow). Greek studio Tense Architecture Network designed Residence in Megara so that it would frame a central courtyard. Related story: House in Kea is a concrete residence built around oak trees on […]
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City rooftop cabin offers an alternative to the primitive forest hut

Architects Panos Dragonas and Varvara Christopoulou believe there is no longer anywhere remote enough to build a wilderness hideaway, so have instead proposed a cabin raised above the Athens rooftops. As the world becomes increasingly urbanised, and digital mapping extends across deserts and jungles, there can be no more unexplored corners of the globe for a […]
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Santorini Island retreat by Kapsimalis Architects features rooftop and underground pools

Greek office Kapsimalis Architects has renovated a small white house on the cliffs of a Greek island, adding two roof terraces with plunge pools, and a third and more sizeable swimming pool in the basement (+ slideshow). Alexandros and Marianna Kapsimali converted a small property on the cliffside town of Fira, on the volcanic island […]

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