We love this unique little turret, which sits on a hill overlooking the island of Nisyros in Greece. Located inside the ruins of 17th-century Pantoniki castle, which was severely damaged by an earthquake in 1933, it’s a two-story tower that’s been brought back to life with great care and imagination.
This and adjacent buildings were painstakingly restored by architect Giorgos Tsironis and their owner, artist Greg Haji Joannides, using photographic archives and observations from archeological excavations.
Joannides is founder and creative director of the Sterna Art Project, an art residency and exhibition program that has been running on the island since 2014. He is also creative director of activist platform NISYRIO that focuses on recycling plastic on the island through sociocultural activities. He brings his passion for art and upcycling to this home, which has been given a cool minimalist makeover and filled with unsual art.
Like the Turret itself, much of the interior design is recycled, using old and used furniture and objects to create contemporary objects – such as plastic chairs by Greek artist EmKei.
The design of the home is based on a ‘white cube’ exhibition space, with an emphasis on indoor-outdoor living. The internal courtyard works as an indoor-outdoor kitchen-dining room, a living room that opens onto a small veranda overlooking the neighboring islands. Meanwhile, a few steps down, there is another terrace with a lounge area. On the upper floor, the balcony overlooking the volcanic crater leads to the bedroom with the traditional bed (moni) and the bathroom.
For larger groups, this creative vacation home for rent in Nisyros is located three houses away from the White Castle, which can be rented with the Turret. A delightful adventure for artistic nomads.