THE CONCEPT - For owners/constructors, Nikos and Chrysanthi, the idea behind TINOS HABITART has been that of a residential space which combines leisure and cultural activities.
This concept was materialized with the construction of a compound comprising five self-catering vacation homes aimed to function in connection with a group of neighbouring buildings that will host a series of art exhibitions, concerts, film screenings and other cultural events by Greek and foreign artists.
These buildings include a replica of a windmill, a dovecote - the island's most characteristic construction - a renovated traditional stable called kelli ('the cell') and an olive mill that houses original machinery used to make olive oil, wine, tsipouro and raki (grape distillates). Apart from serving as exhibition grounds, this group of buildings constitutes an open-air folk museum. A nearby chapel decorated with frescoes completes the picture.
In line with this aesthetic context, the five houses have dimensions and internal spaces that match those of typical island houses. Built by local stonemasons using regional stone, they are decorated with traditional furnishings and incorporate marble/stone artwork crafted by traditional and contemporary Tinian artists. The structures are aesthetically uniform but individualy varied and blend harmoniously with the natural environment and the nearby village.
We pride ourselves on the quality of our buildings and we are therefore delighted to see that local authorities use them as fine examples of the island's cultural heritage. Information and pictures of our houses can be found on the website of the municipality of Tinos as well as on displays of the local transport service and the maritime company Blue Star Ferries. TINOS HABITART has also featured in a TV5-Monde production as a typical example of the ideal Mediterranean home.