Design modernism meets tradition right on Ftelia beach, on the beautiful island of Mykonos which is a Greek island, part of the Cyclades, lying between Tinos, Syros, Paros and Naxos. Mykonos is one of the most cosmopolitan islands in Greece, known for its diverse and intense nightlife as evidenced by a vast number of bars and nightclubs, but also known for its beaches. Alemagou bar–restaurant (an ancient Mykonian word meaning ”at last!”) is located on one of those sandy beaches – Ftelia beach.
The design concept is that of a traditional Greek tavern with a twist in design of traditional Greek elements from the island of Mykonos and of Greece in general. K-studio drew their inspiration from traditional Cycladic architectural and design elements. Such elements are the whitewashed, smooth-edged houses with the organic form, this element has been created over time in the older years, as the Mykonians put asbestos around their houses right before summer to act as a pesticide; the right angles of the houses year by year faded and became round, and so did this element establish itself. Another element is the dry-stone walls that blend harmoniously into the scrubby landscape, the practical, heavy-duty and durable screed concrete floors, and the natural reed-thatched roof insulation to provide shade on those sunny summer days. The recognizable, traditional features and textures have been functionally used in this modern day bar-restaurant with the traditional organic forms use widely across the island.
Accumulating to the enjoyment of the site are the prevailing natural conditions of the site which dominate over anything else; the strong winds make Ftelia beach the ideal place for windsurfers, a kind of paradise. The smoldering 40-degree centigrade midday sun and the harsh, dry rocks of the impinging landscape add to the existing design. K-studio did not attempt to act obtrusively to these natural forces; instead it created the design around them; welcoming them, accepting them, and implementing the existing situation to turn even the smallest misdemeanor into an advantage.
The merging of these intentionally designed architectural elements and that of the naturally occurring elements generates a multi-sensory architecture that assembles in agreement and harmony with the surrounding environment. Providing a natural, relaxed and comfortable sanctuary from the naturally occurring elements and produces a stimulating and friendly atmosphere.
Every element in Alemagou has been carefully designed and positioned, as it acquaints us with the past, the tradition and the story which comes together to create this inspiring yet relaxed atmosphere, which flawlessly blends in to the existing landscape.
Photos: Yiorgos Kordakis, images courtesy: K-studio