This $7.5 Million Underground Greek Villa Has A Curved Infinity Pool – Robb Report
This villa in Greece may seem like it was snatched from the future, but it’s actually steeped in architectural tradition.
Carved into a rocky hillside on the island of Antiparos, the modern disc-shaped abode, known as Cronus, was inspired by the circular walls built around lemon trees in the Mediterranean to protect them from the elements.
Designed by Athens-based DECA Architects, the picturesque residence has been partially sunk into the ground while offering stunning views of the Aegean Sea and surrounding rugged mountains. The $7.5 million (€7.5 million) island villa is also very secluded. Seriously, “the closest property right now is nearly a mile away,” listing agent Despina Laou of Greece Sotheby’s International Realty Told World Mansion.
Since Cronus is on sloping ground, one must momentarily disappear into the ground before entering the house. Once inside, the upper level living spaces, designed by L’Elephant Interiors Portugal, flow seamlessly together and are absolutely flooded with light. The six bedrooms and nine bathrooms have been decorated with local textiles and art objects to give a real Greek atmosphere. A set of folding doors connects the indoor living room to the outdoor terraces to make it feel like one cohesive space.
The 3,164 square foot structure incorporates natural materials such as stone, bamboo, and exposed concrete. The house itself has also been configured to adapt to weather conditions as they change. The stone roof, for example, provides shade from the scorching sun. In addition, large panels made of local bamboo protect both the inhabitants and the vegetation from the prevailing winds.
Of course, you can also expect a killer array of amenities, including an outdoor home theater and a curved infinity pool that will make you “feel like you’re falling over the horizon,” according to the listing. At the center of Cronos, there is an open-air courtyard with a lemon tree that artfully honors the architectural roots of the house.
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