Architect Georgina Andrei has renovated a 1900s house that belonged to the owner’s grandmother, turning it into two individual lofts situated in a coastal area of Chania. The main aim of the design was to create a harmonious blend of past and present while respecting the historic significance of the house.
To achieve this, the architect implemented new open and airy staircases in each apartment, bringing functionality and light to the ground floor. The ground level now comprises a common area, an open kitchen, and an additional bathroom. The upper level is designed as an open bedroom, featuring an exposed sink that creates a sense of fluidity and continuity throughout the space. As part of the renovation, the existing floors were replaced with metallic ones, the plaster inside was removed to reveal the original stone walls, and the old wooden windows were substituted with aluminum replicas.
In paying homage to the owner’s grandmother’s fondness for Vermeer’s paintings, elements of his art and style were subtly incorporated into the design. Moreover, various old wooden chests found on the property were repurposed and transformed into tables and storage units, alongside other historical objects that were used to emphasize the importance of preserving memories and embracing new beginnings. The renewed splendor of the house stands as a testament to memory revival and modern living.