Sitting on the ridge of the hill of Aleomandra in Mykonos yet almost entirely hidden from view, Villa La Merveille looks straight out to sea and the sunset over the neighbouring island of Delos. A 5-bedroom holiday house built for a young, dynamic couple to enjoy with their family and friends, it celebrates its spectacular view from a grounded viewpoint blended into a sensitively landscaped, stone-walled garden that screens it from the road behind.
The house is built upon the idea of slow, laid-back summer living, and encourages mindful connection with family, friends and the freedom to exist peacefully in nature. Form follows emotion rather than function, as every space becomes another opportunity for rest, reflection and exploration.
La Merveille allows guests to enjoy being outside throughout the day and overwhelms the intensity of the climate by providing shade and protection from the elements. And although the villa can accommodate a large number of guests, the landscape is not dominated with oversized volumes. Inspired by the humble complexity of the traditional island vernacular, the architecture was reduced to 2 small traditionally whitewashed volumes and a third of stone dug from the site, built around a large ‘courtyard’ living area which is covered by an expansive but lightweight chestnut pergola. This courtyard becomes the focal point of the house, seamlessly connected to the living room and kitchen volumes and looking over the pool and gardens beyond. Beneath the pool garden are the private bedrooms, separated for privacy and quietly enjoying the uninterrupted view over the lower garden to the sea. Their separation further reduces the overall impact of the house and cleanly divides social and private space.
Key to the character of the house is the palette of traditional materials such as lime-wash, stone and wood that have been applied and engineered with contemporary techniques to create un-nostalgic architecture that bridges heritage and locality with contemporary life. Hand-built stone walls are sharply confident; traditionally rendered, round-edged volumes are perfectly flat and smooth. The customary chestnut pergola has been engineered to increase its structural integrity, to form a glue-lam beam lattice that sits lightly on the white volumes, shading and protecting the extensive courtyard beneath.
The simple white volumes, straight stone walls and light pergola planes sit comfortably in the Cycladic landscape and the efficiency of their layout, centred around the courtyard living space, streamlines daily life. Villa La Merveille is informed by humble Cycladic tradition, enriched by natural materiality and inspired by contemporary summer living.
An upscale residential haven renowned for its elegance and glamour, Aleomandra is known for the most luxurious private villas of the island, as well as its premium location with easy access, Town & Beach proximity. From one side of the area, one can enjoy the views of Delos island and its colorful sunsets, while from the other side of the area one can enjoy beautiful seaview and wind protection.
The neighborhood is synonymous with fine dining and sandy beaches. The famous beach of Agios Ioannis is at a walking distance while Orno beach is no more than 1.5km away; famous beach restaurants such as Beefbar, Hippie Fish, Kuzina and Pasaji among other more traditional taverns and restaurants are also at a very short distance.