Remaining always in the context of “camouflage architecture” I would like to go almost 200 years back (not too far for cycladic architecture) and underline the insane sense of sustainability people had back then. There was no such thing as building with an imported, foreign material. The main building material was tha local stone and it provided four sustainable solutions: Excellent temperature (all over the year), context integration, low cost to zero trasportation costs and minimum waste as we are talking about 100% natural materials.
Mine workers used to live in Thirassia, back when “Santorini earth” was being excavated for use in the Suez Canal. The largely uninhabited small island on the caldera, is reached from lively Santorini by an about a three-minute speedboat ride.
Owner Costis Psychas (and his father before him) had already spent several decades restoring ruined caves in Oia, creating the first five-star Perivolas, a breathtaking complex of whitewashed houses on the village’s cliff. The family has a long history in the island, with the great-grandfather being one of the island’s great sea captains exporting Santorini wine, vinsanto.
Perivolas Hideway is a unique waterfront property that houses about ten people. Partially built in the water, it is a private haven with its own beach is accessible by sea only.
The owner, with the architect Maria-Marina Cavaya, were responsible for the design and oversaw the renovation process, that took almost four more years of painstaking work, together with local artisans.
The traditional exterior and old local volcanic rock structure has been preserved, while the interiors are sparely decorated, white and bright, with minimalist furnishing, everything (stone-built benches and beds, niches, walls, ceilings) smoothly curved. Wood-framed windows highlight the sea views in each room. In this villa, luxury comes with letting go.
Photos © William Abranowicz, Dan Kullberg, Henri del Olmo, Timos Tsoukalas