Villa Bordeaux occupies a prominent location in the center of Fira with impressive views towards the caldera. The renovation of this historical building aimed in achieving a hotel of few rooms next to a new outpost of the established La Colline restaurant in Moscow. While designing we were inspired by Frangomachalas, the quite small historic part of Fira built by the Venetians, featuring an a refined architecture of thick ochre walls and metal doors.
A departure from the all white Cycladic aesthetic, the hotel also explores instilling a modern approach within the traditional vocabulary. In the reception hall, a lighting installation relates to the western view towards the caldera, the flickering reflection of the sun in the sea. From there, access is granted to the two ground floor rooms (to the left) as well as to La Colline Privé, the indoor restaurant that retains the existing double barrel vault, filtered by a metal screen.