Psacharopoulos House is an authentic and historic holiday villa built during the middle of the 19th century.
How would you describe Sifnos House in a nutshell?
Sifnos House is an ensemble of two little houses, which are embedded in the landscape, almost to the point of disappearing. One is whitewashed and the other is constructed from stone, and together they draw a space meeting the horizon. We are just above a little valley filled with colourful laurels in a place where the mountain meets the sea.
What is the story behind Sifnos House, what was your inspiration to create it?
No one thought it was possible to build on this plot of land. It took a lot of perseverance, a few tricks and a dream. The peculiar shapes of these two houses are the consequence of the plot’s complex nature, with its rocks and terraces. In the end, the efforts were rewarded, with the ensemble blending so well into the landscape.
How would you describe the atmosphere and the interior design of the house?
The interior exudes Mediterranean flair, with raw earth-plastered walls and terracotta floors. In addition to antique wooden furnishings, there is a green marble kitchen top and a white marble washbasin from the 1930s.
On the other hand, our practices and interests as an architect and an art director brought in contemporary art and original designer pieces from the 1950s. Many worlds come together to create a subtle blend that is unique to the Sifnos House.
To you personally, what is so special about Sifnos House?
The house is completely embedded in a landscape of terraces and dry stone walls. It’s never imposing, giving you the feeling of belonging to the island, as if you were coming home.
The luxury of this place is probably the sound that inhabits it, from the deep silences to the chirping of birds and crickets. Sifnos House is reached via a road that is worthy of a 1950s Greek film and everything seems so far away.
For us, the house is a dream come true but also the formulation of a wish for the future: a simpler, more respectful way to live and travel, in harmony with nature.