An Ancient Island Is Getting This Sci-Fi Summer Home

On the cliffs of Corfu, a vision of future living arises

By Diane Rommel

 
An Ancient Island Is Getting This Sci-Fi Summer Home
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15 August 2017

Few islands speak to the faded majesty of ancient civilization like Corfu, the Greek island in the Ionian Sea — once briefly home to the shipwrecked Odysseus.

Today, the island is one of Greece's most popular with tourists, famous for its blue sea, rugged interior landscapes, and millenia-old ruins, like the Byzantine castle of Kassiopi

All this makes it a curious place — and striking counterpoint to the proposed modern design of the Midnight Stars house by 314 Architecture Studio, which reworks timeless motifs (see: the arched facade) with ultra-modern finishes — all united by plaster work in white, the official color of the Greek islands.

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The residence is comprised of two stacked volumes set on a cliffside, with the same sort of streamlined passage between outdoor and indoor living space as you'd see in the similar climates of southern California.

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The only significant deviation in color? Interior wooden slats in medium brown, a reference to the island's pine trees. There are killer views, too — but in some ways they point to the one thing the house doesn't have: a pool. 

But things, y'know, could be worse. 

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