September 23, 2023


Making a New Home

Nikolaou Residence: A Former Painter’s Atelier on the Isle of Aegina

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1 of our all-time favourite posts from the Remodelista archive? A Greek Architect’s Ode to Minimalism, architect Theodore Zoumboulakis’s possess kitchen in his family’s retreat on the isle of Hydra. So we weren’t too stunned that one more job we have been admiring not too long ago is by the exact same hand: Zoumboulakis himself.

Nikolaou Home, on the Greek island of Aegina—just a person hour from Athens—was previously the dwelling and studio of the painter Nikos Nikolaou. According to the Home: “Nikolaou and his spouse Angela settled in Aegina in 1964, and their home became a common haunt for art fans and intellectuals. Renovation get the job done began in 2019, with the refurbishment of the household and grounds and the creation of five guesthouses,” overseen by Zoumboulakis Architects. “Starting from the front room—originally the painter’s to start with studio and later on his sitting down room—and centered on the photographic data and the family’s recollections, the notion was to restore the various objects and artworks in their unique spot and therefore reconstruct the ambiance in which Nikolaou lived.”

Now, the Home and its visitor houses are available for stays amid the olive groves. “Guesthouse residents can delight in the sunset sitting down on the stone benches exactly where the Aegina ‘gang’ utilised to meet up with each and every afternoon,” together with Nikolaou and the Greek artists and poets Yannis Moralis, Christos Kapralos, and Odysseas Elytis, according to the Home. Also available? Visits to Nikolaou’s preserved Atelier—and to the Temple of Aphaea close by.

Be a part of us for a glimpse all around.

Photography by means of Nikolaou Home.

Previously mentioned: “The encompassing space is instrumental in the emotion of serenity that site visitors get from the really initially second,” according to the Nikolaou Residence. The major home and visitor residences are surrounded by pistachio, fig and olive trees, and rosemary bushes.

the five studio guest houses are tucked within the garden; each has a secluded  10
Above: The 5 studio guest properties are tucked inside of the yard every has a secluded outside sitting down spot.
the louisa studio features a sitting area with built in desk, a kitchenette, an 11
Higher than: The Louisa studio options a sitting down location with created-in desk, a kitchenette, and a personal terrace. Nightly fees begin at €90.
the art throughout the property belongs to the nikolaou and zoumboulakis famili 12
Earlier mentioned: The art through the home belongs to the Nikolaou and Zoumboulakis families. Shown is a 1972 sketch by Nikolaou.
the rhodi suite offers two terraces, a rooftop view, and subtle nods to greek d 13
Previously mentioned: The Rhodi suite presents two terraces, a rooftop check out, and delicate nods to Greek design and style.
Above: A breakfast nook and bedside niche in the Levanta studio.
each suite includes an efficient kitchenette, like this petite cook space in rh 16
Earlier mentioned: Every single suite contains an effective kitchenette, like this petite cook space in Rhodi.
Above: The house consists of artwork both of those contemporary and time-worn.
fistiki overlooks the pistachio grove. (the name means
Previously mentioned: Fistiki overlooks the pistachio grove. (The identify usually means “pistachio” in Greek.)
in the fistiki suite, have breakfast at a small built in table with a view, jus 20
Higher than: In the Fistiki suite, have breakfast at a modest built-in desk with a view, just off of the kitchen area.
inside fistiki. the studio is
Over: Inside Fistiki. The studio is “the best romantic nest.”
Earlier mentioned: Rooms are stocked with Greek artwork textbooks and ceramics.
Earlier mentioned: Nikolaou’s primary monastery desk is however there. “It was pretty much generally set and ready to welcome expensive mates,” in accordance to the Home. “Almost every afternoon we collected at Nikolaou’s dwelling,” the artist Yannis Moralis said of Nikolaou’s recurrent gatherings. “We stayed right up until quite late, conversing and laughing for hours.”
Earlier mentioned: “The sculpture ‘Aegina’ by Moralis (donated by Peggy Zoumboulaki) was put throughout the way from the Nikolaou estate, as a reflection of the shut friendship amongst the two men but also as a landmark of a neighborhood with the properties of a number of key artists,” in accordance to the Home.
the residence is secluded and surrounded by olive trees, despite being only an  26
Previously mentioned: The Home is secluded and surrounded by olive trees, despite becoming only an hour’s distance from Athens.
the atelier is open for visits on saturdays as well as on wednesdays during the 27
Previously mentioned: The Atelier is open up for visits on Saturdays as nicely as on Wednesdays all through the high season—or just take a virtual tour here.
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Higher than: The painter Nikos Nikolaou in his atelier.

For a lot more information and to reserve, head to Nikolaou Home. (Nightly costs start at €80.)

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