Krokos Crete is an Ottoman house, in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, on the southernmost strip of land of Europe, the island of Crete. The owner Paola is an art historian and tour guide specializing in the fascinating Pompeii, with a passion for travel and cultures, especially the Greek and Arab world.
Protected by the Archaeological Superintendency, like all of the historic center of Rethymno, the first project and the subsequent restoration work were carried out respecting the existing building, maintaining its soul, and enhancing its character, while adapting it to the new needs of life.
“On the façade you can find the typical Sachnisi called Kioski, a traditional type of bay window that covers the entire surface of the balcony thus allowing to extend the internal surface of the room. Like the original, it was made of wood, while the ancient window grates, built with the mashrabiya technique and used both as a sunscreen and to protect the view towards the interior, are now magnificent decorative wall elements. The cleaning of the latter made it possible to identify the authentic color of the wooden elements – windows and bay windows – and to propose it again. At the entrance there is an original floor that looks like a carpet, while the remainder was made with the same local stone of the time, also used for the worktop with integrated sink of the small custom-built kitchen partially integrated under the ladder.
A few steps on the left lead to the level of the patari, a mezzanine, present in most traditional houses, which allowed the storage of materials and products below, while on the floor there was the living area with low seats and carpets. Functions that have been maintained, using the lower part as a laundry and storage room. Further upstairs is the bedroom, extremely bright thanks to the 4 windows of the kioski and connected to the small but comfortable bathroom. The tiles recall the domed design typical of the Arab-Moroccan world, like other decorative elements present in the house, but also some mosaics of Pompeii in the shapes and colours. Continuing through the small outdoor patio overlooked by one side of the room, you reach the roof terrace from which you can enjoy the view of the sea and the Venetian fortress of Rethymno. Finally, the logo, designed by Vittoria Spinoni, traces the face of a saffron harvester, Krokos in Greek, inspired by the frescoes of the Minoan civilization.”