Astra Villa

Location: Santorini, Greece

Date: 2016 – 2018

Location Address: Imerovigli

Status: Completed Works

Covering the needs for a modern tourist accommodation while respecting the traditional architecture is already a tight task. Even though, the Astra Villa manages to get a distinct character with color and shape references at the volcano and sunset.

Astra Villa is a tourist mansion, located at the west side of Imerovigli, facing the famous Santorini’s sunset, and the international preserved village of Oia in between of its view. Also, its viewport includes the famous and unique volcanic landscape of Thira, while the mansion itself is placed at the edge of the Caldera.
Its entrance is from above and its rooftop serves as big entrance yard. Through a spiral staircase the visitor enters the house below. Its parted from two master bedrooms with their own bathrooms, sharing a living room and a kitchen. Outside, at the same level, is the main porch which includes an outdoor Jacuzzi and a small swimming pool, all of them facing the already mentioned unique landscape. The spiral staircase continues one more level below, where is located the accommodation of the service staff and storage rooms.
Its uniqueness is not depleted at a spiral staircase, the inside walls hosts fluid and curved shapes imitating the magma when is falling into the sea. Its earthen based colour palette and the lighting, are referring the sunset and the clean Aegean night sky. Oikos architecture at Astra Villa, is offering a balance between feelings of harmony and in contrast with the “violent” natural landscape.