Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Sign Boutique in Mykonos, Greece by TSALIKIAN ARCHITECTS & INTERIORS
May 7th, 2018 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: TSALIKIAN ARCHITECTS & INTERIORS
Located in the heart of Mykonos Town, which many could describe as an elaborate maze, formed by a complex of whitewashed houses, crammed together in an organic orderliness, creating narrow streets that resemble streams, when overflowing with people, who like to stroll curiously through it exploring and discovering its secrets.
The inspiration and concept for the store were based on the unique character of the island. The rocky, primitive landscape, slowly carved by the winds, the sandy beaches, where the waves break the driftwoods age and the fishermen tie their boats, the whitewashed churches with the burgundy painted roofs under the blue Mediterranean sky.
Our intention was to bring all these elements, that make us fall in love with the island, together and somehow recreate our perception of Mykonos in a few square meters of narrow space.
The preexisting structure of the high ceiling with the wooden beams, and the large stone arch, conveying the long history and tradition of the island was something we wanted to amplify and celebrate and therefore all the layout of the store was formed around those elements.
The polished concrete floor seemed like the obvious material choice, as it is widely used throughout the Mykonian architecture, and thus implemented the rustic feel we were trying to achieve.
The desk, as well as the rest of the wooden display surfaces, was made from suar wood slabs, and vine was used as hangers in order attain a rustic feel and mimic the driftwoods on the seashore.
The metal woven chandeliers resembling the fish traps of the local fishermen add one more detail to the scenery we hoped to recreate.
At the back far end of the elongated space, we placed the fitting rooms, tucked under the build in stairs, which together with all the built-in elements that replaced any need for furniture, helped to construct a scenery inspired by the famous “Paraportiani Church”. All necessary utilities and storage were strategically hidden away, behind the large weathered mirror which supports the rustic beach atmosphere we wanted to encapsulate.
The entrance of the store was conserved and restored to its original form and only the panels of the door were replaced with glass in order to allow more natural light and better visibility of the stores interior.
The small built-in, sitting area was added to give a cosy and welcoming feel to the passer-by, applying the Mykonian “philoxenia” through a form.
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