PROJECT: Vino Houses
HOTEL: Vino Houses
LOCATION: Finikia Village,Santorini,Greece
PROJECT STATUS: Completed, May 2016
LEAD DESIGNER: Stamos Hondrodimos
ASSOCIATE DESIGNER: Chrysi Makri
PHOTOGRAPHY: Ioanna Roufopoulou
Vino Houses is a small cluster of three summer apartments for rent located in the traditional settlement of Finikia on Santorini. Finikia is perhaps the only village of Santorini to be untouched by tourism and is close to Oia, on the NW side of the island and away from the busy Caldera. Overlooking the beach, it stretches out between the vineyards and the wineries, its slopes full of stone terraces and threshing floors. The area speaks with the earth and though its settlement is made up of people of the plains (farmers, ploughmen, winegrowers), the architecture is governed by measure, without an excess of buildings or decoration.Vino Houses is in fact an adaptation in the operation of buildings originally intended as a private summer residence which have now been turned into summer apartments for tourists in a boutique style. Without the possibility of remodeling the outer building encasing, with only slight changes to the building interiors, the conversion of the use was studied and the external spaces were constructed to offer the additional provisions which were requested.The key concern in finding the desired design expression was to adapt the interior to the morphology of the surrounding landscape. Naturalness and earth were the guidelines with which the office worked, exploring ways to change a hard inner encasing to a light and natural continuation of the outer aesthetic dialect.Natural materials such as solid wood, plaster, marble, terracotta and ropes are some of the materials used in accenting the space.The stereotypical forms of furniture lose their usual forms to create a modern yet traditional space which has an airy and earthy feel. Specially crafted pottery has been transformed into wide basins, stands upon which tables and cushions are laid, clay hand-basins and closets made of fabric are combined to create a invigorating setting that allows the space to breathe and weave together traditional and contemporary design thus creating a balance between a comfortable everyday space and the outside dry and rocky land.