Antonis Choudalakis, a Greek artist, and Sofia Mavroudis, a Swedish/Greek art curator, have transformed their shared passion for nature, architecture and art into a unique project – Cabanon Concrete Retreat. As artists, Antonis and Sofia, have crafted a space that is both an homage to history and a celebration of the local spirit. Antonis Choudalakis’ art explores the intricate connection between history and identity within a physical place. His artwork, “My grandfather the Ottoman, the Cretan, the Greek,” serves as a poignant portrait of his grandfather, who navigated three national identities by the age of 20 without leaving his hometown, Dermitziana. The olive grove on which the cabins stand is a part of this historical land. Sofia Mavroudis, hailing from Stockholm with Greek roots, brings a global perspective to the project. Her studies as an art curator focused on site-specificity, delving into the organic interplay between individuals and their environments. The cabins themselves are a nod to Le Corbusier’s iconic Le Cabanon. Crafted from concrete, Cabanon Concrete Retreat pays homage to Le Corbusier’s vision, expressing gratitude to a visionary who appreciated the simplicity and balance of Mediterranean living. Much like Le Corbusier’s love for the Mediterranean, Antonis and Sofia share an affinity for the region’s breathtaking scenery. The retreat is a sanctuary where guests can immerse themselves in the raw beauty of nature. “It’s about spending endless hours over a simple meal, reading a book on the terrace and dozing off during the hot midday sun to the sound of the cicadas. It’s about picking the tomato from the soil and eating it right away”, says the creative duo. The emphasis on simplicity echoes throughout, creating a harmonious interplay between the interior and exterior, allowing everything to unfold at its own pace.
CreativeCabanon Concrete Retreat
Concept/Interior design: Sofia Mavroudis and Antonis Choudalakis
Architecture: Batakis Architects
Photography by Alpha Smoot, Dimitris Barounis, Sofia Mavroudis