Nikolaou Residence: A Former Painter’s Atelier on the Isle of Aegina

Margaret B. Parker

One particular of our all-time favourite posts from the Remodelista archive? A Greek Architect’s Ode to Minimalism, architect Theodore Zoumboulakis’s personal kitchen in his family’s retreat on the isle of Hydra. So we weren’t way too astonished that a different undertaking we’ve been admiring not too long ago is by the exact hand: Zoumboulakis himself.

Nikolaou Residence, on the Greek island of Aegina—just just one hour from Athens—was formerly the property and studio of the painter Nikos Nikolaou. According to the Home: “Nikolaou and his spouse Angela settled in Aegina in 1964, and their dwelling turned a standard haunt for art enthusiasts and intellectuals. Renovation do the job began in 2019, with the refurbishment of the property and grounds and the development of 5 guesthouses,” overseen by Zoumboulakis Architects. “Starting from the entrance room—originally the painter’s first studio and afterwards his sitting down room—and based on the photographic documents and the family’s reminiscences, the idea was to restore the numerous objects and artworks in their original place and therefore reconstruct the atmosphere in which Nikolaou lived.”

Now, the Home and its guest residences are offered for stays among the olive groves. “Guesthouse inhabitants can delight in the sunset sitting down on the stone benches in which the Aegina ‘gang’ employed to meet up with each individual afternoon,” including Nikolaou and the Greek artists and poets Yannis Moralis, Christos Kapralos, and Odysseas Elytis, according to the Home. Also obtainable? Visits to Nikolaou’s preserved Atelier—and to the Temple of Aphaea close by.

Be a part of us for a glance close to.

Images by using Nikolaou Residence.

Higher than: “The encompassing place is instrumental in the emotion of serenity that guests get from the really initially minute,” according to the Nikolaou Home. The key home and guest residences are surrounded by pistachio, fig and olive trees, and rosemary bushes.

the five studio guest houses are tucked within the garden; each has a secluded  10
Above: The 5 studio guest properties are tucked inside the yard every has a secluded out of doors sitting down area.
the louisa studio features a sitting area with built in desk, a kitchenette, an 11
Above: The Louisa studio options a sitting region with developed-in desk, a kitchenette, and a non-public terrace. Nightly charges commence at €90.
the art throughout the property belongs to the nikolaou and zoumboulakis famili 12
Higher than: The artwork all through the assets belongs to the Nikolaou and Zoumboulakis families. Revealed is a 1972 sketch by Nikolaou.
the rhodi suite offers two terraces, a rooftop view, and subtle nods to greek d 13
Over: The Rhodi suite gives two terraces, a rooftop see, and refined nods to Greek style.
Above: A breakfast nook and bedside area of interest in the Levanta studio.
each suite includes an efficient kitchenette, like this petite cook space in rh 16
Previously mentioned: Every suite features an economical kitchenette, like this petite cook dinner room in Rhodi.
Over: The home incorporates art both modern day and time-worn.
fistiki overlooks the pistachio grove. (the name means
Over: Fistiki overlooks the pistachio grove. (The name indicates “pistachio” in Greek.)
in the fistiki suite, have breakfast at a small built in table with a view, jus 20
Over: In the Fistiki suite, have breakfast at a smaller built-in table with a check out, just off of the kitchen.
inside fistiki. the studio is
Over: Inside of Fistiki. The studio is “the supreme romantic nest.”
Previously mentioned: Rooms are stocked with Greek art guides and ceramics.
Higher than: Nikolaou’s primary monastery desk is however there. “It was almost normally established and completely ready to welcome dear pals,” in accordance to the Home. “Almost each and every afternoon we gathered at Nikolaou’s home,” the artist Yannis Moralis mentioned of Nikolaou’s repeated gatherings. “We stayed until quite late, speaking and laughing for hours.”
Over: “The sculpture ‘Aegina’ by Moralis (donated by Peggy Zoumboulaki) was positioned throughout the way from the Nikolaou estate, as a reflection of the close friendship amongst the two guys but also as a landmark of a neighborhood with the homes of several significant artists,” in accordance to the Residence.
the residence is secluded and surrounded by olive trees, despite being only an  26
Above: The Home is secluded and surrounded by olive trees, despite currently being only an hour’s length from Athens.
the atelier is open for visits on saturdays as well as on wednesdays during the 27
Earlier mentioned: The Atelier is open up for visits on Saturdays as nicely as on Wednesdays in the course of the high season—or get a virtual tour below.
the painter nikos nikolaou in his atelier. 28
Earlier mentioned: The painter Nikos Nikolaou in his atelier.

For more data and to guide, head to Nikolaou Residence. (Nightly prices start out at €80.)

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