Aenaon in Greek means perpetual; for this location the perpetual travel of theran ash into endless aegean blue. Aenaon Villas is located at the highest point on the ridge of Caldera, Santorini along the old path between Oia and Imerovigli. The site is the ultimate observatory of ‘aenaon’ view towards all cardinal points and dramatic border between theran land, sea and sky.
For Aenaon Villas, Greek topos of Santorini is the sheer lava cliffs of the caldera lip, layered in varicoloured rock, loom overhead, red and black volcanic pebbles and steep cliffs to provide a picturesque ambience. Autumn serenity.
‘ Bend if you can to the dark sea forgetting
the flute’s sound on naked feet
that trod your sleep in the other, the sunken life ‘
KYMA Santorini S Black Stone
Aenaon Villas’ built space is skilfully adapted to a harsh natural setting. Climate, materials scarcity and topography have been the primary design parameters, and are respected with admirable integrity and ingenuity. In the natural terrain of the plot two slopes were spotted; north to south, and west to east. The complex formation takes place in eight different levels, four ground floors and four basements in different heights. All the building volumes are sited on the pre-existing slope of the ridge contour.
The synthesis is a harmonious mix of white cubic houses that creates organic forms, evolving from long experience in using available resources to respond to the landscape and climatic conditions, at the same time imprinting social evolution of local architecture through time. Rich sense of plasticity with a human and intimate measure, the light, the shape and the dimensions of the landscape, balance and harmonize the architectural expression.
‘ Write if you can on your last shell
the day the place the name
and fling it into the sea so that it sinks ‘
IOANNA KOURBELA Ripplings Void
IRINI GIOTOPOULOU Polyshapes
CUTCUUTUR Rhombus Print
Solid volumes, austere forms with comprehensive strength and continuous repetition, thick masonry walls with small openings and pure whiteness that encompasses the landscape include the main features of local Cycladic architecture into Aenaon Villas. There is a conjugation of the building volumes – one volume into the other, similar to the traditional villages in the hinterland of the island; thus creating seven independent room cells. The settlements are tied in with passable roofs above the cubic forms, thus creating a hybrid structured environment.
Vertical symmetry dominates mostly on the front view of the forms; two windows similar in size on either side of the entrance door, and a dormer-window above the door, characteristic of the undercuts into the limestone cliffs. Aboveground barrel vaults have been used as an element of evolution of cave construction in the building synthesis.
The physical end of the chimney is inspired by the industrial tomato factory in Vlychada region, while it is externally evident in the building volume. Volcanic stones from the beach Pori have been collected and smoothed appropriately to deck the building face. Wooden pergolas are studded symmetrically on parts of external configuration for shading.
‘ We found ourselves naked on the pumice stone
watching the rising islands
watching the red islands sink
into their sleep, into our sleep ‘
IOANNA KOURBELA Soft Winter Basics
IRINI GIOTOPOULOU Silentio
ANCIENT KALLOS Aegean Light | AUMORFIA Linear_A
Kallisti, Zaneti, Anezina, Feggeri, Elidami, Marily; each room cell of Aenaon Villas has been inspired by female local names; a minimalist, uncluttered interior according to the personal taste of the owners.
A particular ergonomic scale is evident, similar to the one found in ships: warm inner spaces, narrow and steep stairs. Since the dominant design rule was material and space minimalism, interior architecture comes as a product of necessity rather than choice. Internal terracing configurations, merge the multiple levels of the building synthesis incorporated in the natural slope of the land.
Fine furniture inspired by ancient greek design and earth hues compose an intimate décor where ultimate luxury resides in every detail, accompanied by objects and art. A sophisticated contemporary architecture with an eclectic twist. All the living spaces of Aenaon Villas, sofas and chairs, are into homogeneous plain white. Tables inspired by the owners have been constructed by craftsmen with solid wood, walnut & azompe, exclusively for the needs of the internal layout. Warehouses are integrated so as not to alter the uniformity of the building envelope.
‘ Instep of power, unshadowed will, considered love,
projects that ripen in the midday sun,
course of fate with a young hand
slapping the shoulder ‘
IOANNA KOURBELA Misty Void | AUMORFIA Linear_A
The reflection of the sky and the colors of the atmosphere are evident in the aquatic element. Some rocks around the water boundary preexist from the natural slope and consist in the natural limit of the outdoor layout. The masonry on slopes derives from the decay of natural terrain; a mixture of the black crude stone with theran soil, a volcanic ash on the island with properties similar to cement.
SYSTEMALAB Systema03 + Systema05
Whitish trowelled cement in the exterior covers the outdoor whitewashed surfaces, at some points as an overlay forged cement gray color. Entrance doors are respectively made up of solid wood in natural color; monasterial composition of train sleepers.
A multi-layered phenomenon of colors in the atmosphere; the aenaon aura in Thira keeps up with daylight serenity from dawn to dusk.