Architecture

Built a cottage on the Greek island

This paradise holiday home caters to 100 percent for the sun and the sea.

Built a cottage on the Greek island

Greece and the glittering Mediterranean offers numerous holiday opportunities for the sunbathers, and this architectural project in Lesvos shows how you can create the dream spot on one of the countless idyllic Greek islands.

The solid background of the builder

The man behind this uncompromisingly cleaned building is the Danish architect Lars Frank Nielsen, one of the founders and former partner in one of the leading architectural offices in the Nordic region, 3 X N.

He is also a furniture designer and, together with One Collection, has appointed the Architects’ House in Copenhagen and the Danish Embassy in Berlin.

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His spectacular resort at Lesvos may remind us a little about the Can Bovet project at Mollorca, sign the Norwegian firm Jarmund&Vigsnæs architects.

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– It all started in 2003 when I traveled to the city of Plomari on Lesvos to find me a classic townhouse, Nielsen tells Bonytt.com

– There were many interesting townhouses to find there, but everyone lacked the little extra that I wanted; a villa with a rause outdoor space and panorama over the sparkling, azure sea.

The architect, almost following a deployment, accompanies a real estate agent in the hilly terrain that surrounds Polmari, and came over an old shepherd’s house, situated on a fascinating plot with magnificent views of the Aegean.

Gjeterhuset became a gem

He dropped a blanket for the place, bought it and rehabilitated the old shepherd’s house to guesthouse. And through this refurbishment project, the architect gathered useful experiences about what the local craftsmen could and could not.

Together with his wife, architect Helle Starch, he designed this two-story stone and concrete house. It is distinguished by a partly covered deck, a living room on the top of the house. This gives the owners huge views of the sea.

Local Power Interaction

– Local professionals were knowledgeable in various types of stone work and in securing the house against damage caused by any earthquake. This meant that I could concentrate on adding my modern construction engineering knowledge to the project, “says Frank Nielsen.

Handcrafted Graystone and Terrazzo

Built a cottage on the Greek island

PANORAMAHUS: Here you can see how large, partially roofed atrium with concrete roofs open the house and give the owners full views of the sea. Photo: Lars Frank Nielsen

Built a cottage on the Greek island

HAVBLIKK: From the plot the family has an incredible view of Lesvos and the sea. Photo: Lars Frank Nielsen

Built a cottage on the Greek island

IDYLL: There are such chalk white houses against the blue sea we connect with Greece. Photo: Lars Frank Nielsen

All caves in the house are cut by hand and the floors are cast in terrazzo technique. With white marble stripes in it, they gave the visually beautiful, durable and cool surfaces that are nice to wear in the summer heat.

Built a cottage on the Greek island

The entire family lives on 11 square meters

Nordic flavor in interaction with local architecture

The shape of the house itself looks like a powerful but equally stylish stone box. It is inspired by the work of internationally renowned Greek architect Aris Konstantinidis.

– He is famous for its masonry and concrete buildings, which, despite their tight structure, adapt, exploit and join in with the landscape. He is often referred to as a professional who recreates classical Greek architecture in a modern edition, expands Lars Frank Nielsen.

A free life in a hilly landscape

This new holiday home is located on a hill in a steep slope and contains two main rooms in the front; a living and a bedroom. They are located on either side of a large courtyard. This heavenly atrium overlooks both olive groves around the plot and a blinking inner Mediterranean ocean on the horizon.

Built a cottage on the Greek island

EXPECTATION: The old manor house was restored to a guest house. Photo: Lars Frank Nielsen

Built a cottage on the Greek island

CLEAN ON THE SEA: The terrace with the sloping concrete floor and the magnificent view is a favorite place to stay. Photo: Lars Frank Nielsen

Built a cottage on the Greek island

INNERST IN THE HOUSE: The so-called service rooms such as kitchen and stalls are located at the back of the house. Photo: Lars Frank Nielsen

In the back of the uncompromising brick wall there are service rooms; kitchen, bathroom, saw blinds and storage areas.

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– We initially wanted a house with distinctly tight lines, and our holiday dream would act as a place where we alternately stayed in and out.

– Just like that, Lars Frank Nielsen concludes.

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CUSTOMIZED LANDSCAPE: The driveway to the house runs in long, sluggish slopes in the steep slope. Photo: DRAWING: Lars Frank Nielsen

Built a cottage on the Greek island

Baseline Photo: DRAWING: Lars Frank Nielsen

Built a cottage on the Greek island

Baseline Photo: DRAWING: Lars Frank Nielsen

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