THE CYCLADIC HOUSE
Cycladic architecture is pure, simple and harmonious with an interplay between light and shadow. White volumetric shapes create enclaves of secluded spaces, while aiding the environmental control of the blinding Aegean sun. Traditional houses have flat roofs, wooden coloured doors and windows, a vibrant blue dome, and a strong identity that asserts its location. In addition to the celebration of Cycladic art, several other factors have contributed to the uniqueness of Cycladic architecture. The distinctive geometric shapes and the smooth-curved edges help resist the fierce winds blowing inwards from the bay, while the abundance of materials such as green and white marble, slate and granite, stimulated the artistic flair. An all-white interior brings light and warmth. The intensity of natural daylight a space receives depends on the size and number of openings created on the curved walls. Where bright light and enhanced air circulation is needed such as in the service areas, the size of a window is generally large. But the cosy feel of the living areas is retained by minimising the openings, making allowance just for the right amount of light and air to enter through very small windows. The primary focus of outdoor living is concentrated around a few terraces, shaded by traditional wooden pergolas, which include a kitchen, dining space and a lookout platform, framing the stunning view out to the bay.