Athens-based architecture studio block722 designed this attractive pair of holiday houses on the Greek island of Syros, a popular summer destination for Greeks and foreigners alike. Dubbed Syros I and Syros II, each of the two houses is spacious enough to accommodate a family and their guests, since they both have guest rooms that are discreetly detached from the main house, as well as ample outdoor space for socialising and relaxing. Ideally aligned with the breathtaking view over Plagia bay, the two residences merge gracefully with their surroundings by adapting to the topography and the use of local stonework and other Cycladic architectural characteristics.
More specifically, Syros I can be accessed from the back of the house through a series of small courtyards that have been planted with local herbs. A central volume houses the living area and kitchen, attached to which is the master bedroom and two guest rooms, ideal for friends or family members. Two additional guest rooms are situated next to the main building, enjoying privacy but also easy access to the common areas and pool. In a similar way, Syros II consists of the main house that can accommodate a family of four, and a guesthouse at the back with two bedrooms and a shared kitchen. Ultimately, what steals the show in both houses is of course the two spectacular swimming pools that appear to suspend dramatically over the Aegean.
Design: block722 / Architects in charge: Sotiris Tsergas & Katja Margaritoglou / Design team: Dora Felekou & Anna Perela / Interior design: Katja Margaritoglou
Photography: Ioanna Roufopoulou / Erietta Attali
About the architects
Block722 is an Athens based architectural practice, founded in 2009 by Sotiris Tsergas, Katja Margaritoglou and Konstantinos Korfiatis. Through its side office Block722+, the studio also incorporates interior design and construction services, ensuring a unified architectural result and quality control throughout the design and building process. The studio’s portfolio includes project management and design in the residential, retail and business sectors.
“Block722 was founded in the heart of Athens, on Patission 57, one of the most densely populated areas of the capital. The area is characterized by intense cultural and national variety, enhancing the practice’s relation to the city’s reality and constant adaptation to new and interesting design elements. The office’s location, urban block 722, becomes more than a city planning number – it evolves into an element of identity.”