Private House in Tinos

published in: Interiors By Tina Komninou, 08 September 2010

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photo (c) Yiorgos Kordakis

There is a symbolic island, a gem with the essence of calmness and serenity in Cyclades, Greece. Its beauty is picturesque and it reminds you of all that is idealic. This heaven is Tinos. On this island we discovered a private house designed by Greek Zege architects which represents all that Tinos stands for. Respecting its architectural surroundings and capturing the day to day beauty and simplicity, the architects created this private residence as it was meant to be designed for Tinos. Responsible for the interiors of the house was Greek interior designer Marilyn Katsaris, who is also its owner.

photo (c) Yiorgos Kordakis

Located on a mountain in the old residential site of Triandros this vacation home is actually made up of two separate houses which have been brought together through a picturesque veranda. The landscaping surroundings and the views outwards are breathtaking. It is as if the world is at a stand still once you step out on to this haven and look out as far out as your eye can see.

photo (c) Yiorgos Kordakis

The exterior architecture coincides with the rules and balance of the typical residential islandic forms. Pigeon whole windows, curved white forms of structure and exposed stone formations are the examples of this typical form of architecture.

The interior consists of 250sqm living space, from which one house has three storeys and the other just two. The structure is loose, open and characteristically fresh. There is simplicity and an ease of living represented once inside. In an open plan layout almost everything is built in with only the pure necessary pieces of furniture items exposed as loose furniture objects.  In this interior you instantly feel that this is a vacation house, somewhere that you can let loose and nothing of the city rules apply here. No worry about where you place your glass or were you put your feet. Through this simplicity of the whiteness and the one type material formation of the design, the essence of a liberated interior is created.

photo (c) Yiorgos Kordakis

The living areas are given a taste of classical and historical elements to them through the lighting and accessories such as the 1930’s mirrors. This counterbalances the openness and easy going character of the structure, creating a merge of two lifestyles. The lifestyle of the care free spirit and the other of the exclusive and detailed spirit. One detail which we like is the fire place and the fact that it was finished with vintage marble pieces emphasizing the importance of character. There are little touches of historical detailing throughout this residence, in the bathrooms, bedrooms verandas, everywhere there is something that subtly catches your eye and makes you wonder.

photo (c) Yiorgos Kordakis

photo (c) Yiorgos Kordakis

photo (c) Yiorgos Kordakis

Adding to this care free open space design concept is the fact that everything is apparent. There are no cupboards, storage units or drawers within the interior to project the feeling that there are things put away or hidden. The books are placed in the built in compartments, the radiators exposed in niches even in the kitchen the plates and glasses are placed on open built in shelves.

photo (c) Yiorgos Kordakis

photo (c) Yiorgos Kordakis

This approach is also carried through into the bedrooms. Here the mattresses are on the floor with the spaces made up of strictly 2 materials. Cement detailing throughout and wooden beams decorating the ceiling. Carefree and simplistic. The prime element of all this design essence is the color white which is applied almost through out the interior walls, ceilings, floors. The only place were this does not apply is in the bathrooms.

photo (c) Yiorgos Kordakis

photo (c) Yiorgos Kordakis

All bathrooms have a different color selected from the natural surrounding elements such as blue and sand color. One of our favorite features is the exposed rock formations in the bathrooms which rip through the interior reminding you that all is nature were you are.

All in all this residence makes you understand through its design that you are somewhere where there is beauty, simplicity and history.

photo (c) Yiorgos Kordakis

photo (c) Yiorgos Kordakis

photo (c) Yiorgos Kordakis

sources:

Zege architects, Marilyn Katsaris, Yiorgos Kordakis

  • friend
    Reyhan | 2010-09-08 15:06:38

    Wow *.*

  • friend
    tania | 2010-09-08 17:53:39

    my dreamhouse???? wowoww....my compliments!!!

  • friend
    sinisa | 2010-09-08 18:06:05

    i think i fall in love.........

  • friend
    Rox | 2010-09-08 19:59:41

    Omg, this is one of the most simple and yet beautiful houses i've ever seen, absolutely loved it

  • friend
    morag | 2010-09-08 20:55:09

    absolutely beautiful.

  • friend
    simple | 2010-09-09 01:00:56

    i really love the interior

  • friend
    Page | 2010-09-09 02:44:38

    Stunning! A cross between Mexican adobe and French Villa. I'm overcome by the elegance and simplicity. SOOOOO incredibly lovely and serene...and practical at the same time. My ideal. WOW is not a big enough word.

  • friend
    A | 2010-09-09 18:40:51

    so many poetic things

  • friend
    sfds | 2010-09-10 15:03:36

    Unless there isn't any rain at all on that island, that sofa and carpet better be water proof.

  • friend
    alex | 2010-09-14 17:20:57

    bravo file. e3eretiki kataxorisi.

  • friend
    azarnoush | 2010-09-15 02:02:44

    my dream house ...

  • friend
    lindsey | 2010-09-17 21:48:35

    absolutely breathtaking!

  • friend
    hanna | 2010-09-17 22:36:16

    amazing! i would love to live there. the only thing is, you see, i work in the restaurant business and hygiene is very important to me especially in wet places and all i could think of when looking at the bathroom and kitchen is "how the hell that can be kept clean?!" :D with all the nooks and creases you see.. oh, well, a little more scrubbing i guess! dream-house material.

  • friend
    Marjon | 2010-09-20 17:41:13

    Wonderful, I would love to live in a house like that.

  • friend
    Alice | 2010-09-20 19:46:21

    I send my compliments to the architecture.I really like the mix of : 1.tradition 2. simplicity of the whiteness and 3. classical elements. Bravo!

  • friend
    noone | 2010-09-21 01:18:27

    I WANT

  • friend
    Ninfa | 2010-09-21 05:58:39

    This is the most beautiful house I have ever seen... I love the tranquility, peace, simplicity and the amazing taste...

  • friend
    παναγιωτα | 2010-09-21 09:08:45

    ΔΕΝ ΥΠΑΡΧΟΥΝ ΛΟΓΙΑ.................ΑΠΛΑ ΥΠΕΡΟΧΟ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  • friend
    artemis | 2010-09-23 10:53:38

    συγχαρητηρια πολυ καλη δουλεια!! ονειρεμενο σπιτι κ τελειος συνδυασμος αρχιτεκτονικων στοιχειων!!! PERFECT!!!

  • friend
    ELias | 2010-09-23 17:39:22

    Simply brilliant, the zege team did it again. Congrats well done..

  • friend
    space | 2010-09-23 18:31:22

    Kala 8eiko... Greek Interior Design at its best...

  • friend
    Xeni | 2010-09-23 21:10:22

    It is a great house ! Apart from the fact that it is allocated within one of the most beautiful islands in Cyclades , the architect managed to combine tradition, elegance and simplicity with functionality. It makes you dream that you wake up there ,have your coffee at the veranda looking the Aegean Sea's wrinkles or waves sometimes and then your day starts...

  • friend
    Joy | 2010-09-28 09:05:40

    Simplicity itself but oh, so beautiful...I love it. :)

  • friend
    Mary | 2010-09-28 22:04:53

    So fresh and beautiful.

  • friend
    Vasso | 2010-10-02 19:12:11

    Wow! Simple yet elegant and practical! Fantastic!

  • friend
    christie | 2010-10-19 06:45:12

    completely wonderful! simple, complex, modern, old-world, yet, a bit magical. cool.

  • friend
    david | 2010-10-22 09:52:21

    this is gorgeous. i'd like to buy it. $10,000,000?

  • friend
    Abbie | 2010-11-14 19:02:23

    I don't think i've ever seen such a beautiful house. The words dignity and grace come to mind.

  • friend
    priya | 2010-11-30 12:57:17

    awesome.... simple, elegant..beautiful..serene...n i am speechless..!!!!

  • friend
    daniel | 2010-12-09 14:11:47

    It's fresh and beautiful.I like it!

  • friend
    mido | 2010-12-23 14:28:12

    as beautiful as this is... repair of any part of the house seems like it'd be an absolute nightmare. get a look at that stove, how do you remove it without completely destroying the facade?

  • friend
    draikos | 2010-12-29 09:52:16

    ... simply, classical Greek beauty !!!

  • friend
    Barbara | 2011-01-12 14:40:13

    ... semplicemente stupenda. Richiesta di tutti i dati per poter soggiornare.

  • friend
    rj | 2011-03-30 16:31:07

    isn't this so unbelievably great???

  • friend
    Jessiane Rolim | 2011-07-28 17:37:15

    O lugar é histórico, casa maravilhosa, ambientes acolhedores, Design simples e e elegante! arquitetura perfeita! adorei!

  • friend
    Eliana | 2011-09-03 16:34:14

    I LOVE THIS HOUSE That kitchen is stunning!!! Please could you tell me which brand is that oven? Thank you,

  • friend
    joe chan | 2011-09-22 03:57:22

    simple,beautiful life

  • friend
    Jeremy Heyes | 2011-10-07 15:54:35

    The houses remind us of the ancient era. The houses are similar to those houses you know very earthly no excess use of decoration yet very beautiful.

  • friend
    Carol | 2012-01-08 15:41:05

    Love the house! In the third paragraph, "Pigeon whole," should be, "Pigeon hole." When you spell check, it does not correct words that are correct spellings... which are not correct in usage.

  • friend
    Slava | 2012-03-08 16:22:36

    My dream home..

  • friend
    rachel | 2012-03-23 19:03:59

    my heart just skipped a beat!!

  • friend
    Marcela Claudette V. SEvilla | 2012-04-07 09:45:18

    I am in love with this house! It is my dream house! The photos have captured the airy, care-free, simplicity and comfortable character of the place.

  • friend
    Kayleigh Rogers | 2012-04-29 15:13:55

    I really love the fundamental architecture of the place. But I find the Interior boring aside from the dining table and the bathroom. Its very plain.

  • friend
    Debi | 2012-07-27 06:47:25

    This is so beautiful. I love the bathrooms and the kitchen. The bedrooms are great also. I live the simplicity and colors. I wasn't sure where it was in Europe at first glance, knew it it needed to be somewhere near water because of the colors. It is similar to homes built into the village of Eze, France, but lighter and more open feeling. Also like some of the homes in Santorini. I love the open airy feeling.nBeautiful.

  • friend
    Holland And Green | 2012-10-11 15:13:28

    Very beautiful house. I know white is like tradition for that kind of houses in Greece but I still think that adding a bit more colour could emphasize some elements and give it a bit more charm.

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