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Viglostasi Residence on Syros Island

5 October 2023

Design: Block722

Location: Syros, Greece

Viglostasi Residence, Syros, Greece

Photos by Ana Santl

Viglostasi Residence, Greece

From a distance, residence Viglostasi appears like a traditional island settlement, perched on rocky slopes above the Mediterranean Sea. Yet, this is a single, private holiday home, nestled in its secluded, natural site of the Cycladic Island of Syros. Its creator, Athens based architecture studio Block722, crafted the house’s distinctive character by cleverly drawing on the typology of small Aegean villages – minimalist constellations of low volumes, often found sprawled on hillsides, looking out towards the sea.

Viglostasi Residence, Syros, Greece

The project was a commission by a family of four, who had been looking to build their dream retreat there, after exploring different islands and inspired by Block722’s past works on Syros -the residential scheme Syros I and Syros II.

Viglostasi Residence, Syros, Greece

The client’s brief outlined a home inspired by the simple forms of the Greek island vernacular. This chimed in perfectly with Block722’s signature blend of low key, gentle architecture, minimalist forms, natural materials and neutral colours. The family was also after a generous, yet modest and calming space to stay, host and entertain, making the most of the island’s slow, indoor/outdoor lifestyle.

Viglostasi Residence, Syros, Greece

The result is a 500 sq m complex of low, orthogonal volumes, arranged around a network of pathways that connect both enclosed spaces and the various terraces, gardens, and patios on site. The main house contains a principal suite and a second bedroom, as well as a flowing, open plan living space. Two guest suites provide additional sleeping quarters, remaining connected to the primary residence through shared facilities and vistas. A central outdoor ‘plaza’ brings everything together and acts as a circulation heart to the whole, leading towards the 25m long infinity pool and lounge terrace to the lower end of the plot. It offers uninterrupted views towards the horizon, while underneath it, a home gym and yoga terrace are tucked away, allowing privacy for exercising and meditation.

Viglostasi Residence, Syros, Greece

Spreading the home on different levels manages the site’s steep incline. It also permits long views from almost everywhere. Meanwhile, the modest stone, wood and plaster volumes’ spaced-out placement makes the complex appear at home within the arrant, Greek landscape. Light, nature- inspired colour tones, terrazzo palladiano floors, traditional shutters and pergolas, a garden of native species, and a green roof, further accentuate this feeling.

Viglostasi Residence, Syros, Greece

At the same time, a sense of gentle luxury prevails. This is achieved not only by generosity of space throughout, but also through bespoke details (such as the joinery), and the materials used, which include Olympus marble, travertine stone, bamboo, and oak wood.

Viglostasi Residence, Syros, Greece

It all perfectly fits the client’s vision for a home that feels like a family of traditional Aegean structures, offering different views, feels and qualities of space to play with and enjoy. It makes the most of the site’s substantial size and connects seamlessly indoors and outdoors, creating spatial narratives and framing views along the way; eventually leading down to the clients’ own cove, used for private swimming and yacht mooring.

Viglostasi Residence, Syros, Greece

Viglostasi Residence in Syros, Greece – Property Information

Design: Block722 –

Design Team: Sotiris Tsergas, Katja Margaritoglou,
Vasiliki Moustafatzi, Michael Gryllakis, Patricia Fakiolaki, Grigoris Bodiotis, Agni Stasinopoulou, Sofia Stefanopoulou, Eva Dimoula, Sofia Damianidou, Eirini Liapikou, Ioanna Petroulaki, Νansy Nikolopoulou

Landscape: Outside Landscape Architecture
Masterplanning& Architecture: Block722
Creative Direction: Block722
Interior Design: Block722
Lighting Study: Skia lighting
Construction manager: Block722, Michael Gryllakis

Construction/Site Engineer: Isidoros Rossolatos
Structural Eng: Isidoros Rossolatos
MEP: Leonardos Roussos
Εlectrical Eng: Maximos Rossolatos
Architectural Supervision: Block722
HVAC consultant: Regeon PC- Kapetanakis K. & M.
Property Development and consulting: Kyanon Development
Ceramics: Anna Karountzou ceramics, Lava toy ceramic

Year of start: 2021
Year of completion: 2023

Block 722

Block722 is an Athens-based architecture studio, founded in 2009 by architect Sotiris Tsergas and interior designer Katja Margaritoglou. The team combines Greek and Scandinavian heritage, as well as interdisciplinary experience, and creates work that feels confident, natural, and timeless.

The studio undertakes a variety of work, from residential to commercial and hospitality, managing in-house all stages of architectural development, from concept design, through to construction and delivery. Solutions always incorporate a focus on quality materials, a crafts-based approach and collaborations with local artisans and artists that interpret the Mediterranean spirit and traditions for the 21st century.

An architectural ethos that places a sense of balance at its heart is among this boutique, yet dynamic practice’s guiding principles. At the same time, Block722’s design solutions are strongly led by each project’s contextual needs and the client’s brief. As a result, the studio has won several high-profile awards and has been featured widely in Greek and international media.

Viglostasi Residence, Syros, Greece

Photography: Ana Santl

Viglostasi Residence, Syros, Greece images / information received 051023 from the Block722 Athens architecture studio

Location: Syros, Greece, southeastern Europe

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