A small village with its own agora, assembly area, and aloni, threshing floor —a makeshift theatre and a space for dance, fun and games— a swimming pool for refreshing dips and the terraces overlooking the island’s valleys and hills, that reach out towards Tinos and Mykonos.
LouKouM, in a true sense, has opened our appetite. The bold, robust buildings, constructed before the 1930s, were renovated with respect to tradition, slightly broken, by no means fake, with playfulness, lots of humor and simple materials, mostly found on the island. The past was enhanced with a sense of modern audacity, rather than fidelity. However, hardly anything was changed, with the exception of a window that was opened on the north side —an architectural heresy, which allows a view of Ano Syros— and a few square meters added here and there that made space for bathrooms.
Herbaceous plants, cacti, prickly pears, crassulas, kalankoés, agaves and aloes arborescens crop up in the rock garden’s crevices, under the pine tree. The “Red Garden” alongside the Agora is sowed with red sugarcanes, portulaca grandiflora, Christ thorn, corals, crocosmias. Plenty of sage and thyme merge through the grains of the rocky landscape. The rose garden combines red geraniums and white lilies. La vie en rose! Huge cacti and Madagascar kalankoés with velvet leaves hulk over the Mexican garden, next to the swimming pool.
We come from architecture, landscape design, theatre. We have a passion for houses, especially the ones that we own. Our imagination runs wild when it comes to renovation. We never really hesitate to repaint a wall and match it with a new chair or transplant a shrub in a new clay pot or dig through the garden and open new paths and prospects, never seen before. There will be no end. Perpetual transformations are indeed very exciting.