With his great affection for Greece in general and the island of Mykonos in particular, Galal Mahmoud, the founder of GM Architects was also asked to participate in the construction of a private villa located in the very heart of the island.
Galal Mahmoud and his team focused on the exteriors of the residence, turning the terraces into places to live out life to the full – whilst offering protection from the Mykonos wind, which can be very strong during the summertime.
GM Architects devised this transformation in close partnership with the villa’s owner, in charge of monitoring the work, to create a space that would whisk the individual off on a dream-like, contemplative journey through their imagination, all in an outstanding natural setting.
The Greek architect Andreas Vassilaros participated in the realization of the project with main mission the building permit as well as the follow-up of the works. His innate sense of the detail and the good work was an added value in the quality of the project.
The residence strikes the perfect balance between the island’s architectural traditions and the GM Architect’s forward-thinking vision. In choosing a sleek and simple color palette of whitewashed walls, gray stone and wooden accents, along with touches of royal blue, the house respects Mykonos’ sacred architectural aesthetic, while still taking a contemporary approach, highlighting the owner’s extensive contemporary art collection.
GM Architects wished to preserve the local character of the location and the building’s traditional Greek architecture, whilst injecting it with a more modern, simple and elegant feel. The three key materials used to this end were white cement, light-coloured stone – for both interiors and exteriors – and wooden decking for the terraces. To further reinforce the contemporary look of the design, the architect opted for a colour scheme dominated by white and light grey, with subtle touches of royal blue. The continuity between interiors and exteriors makes it seem as if the building is almost floating, suspended between water, sea and sky. Every effort has been made to direct the gaze outwards towards one of the finest views in the whole Cyclades.
The villa is a testament to respecting architectural tradition and local materials while still taking a forward-thinking and innovative approach to design.