About Esperinos information
Esperinos is a hybrid design rental that aims to propose a new way of experiencing the cultural universe of Athens while short-staying in the city. The standalone residence is located in Filopappou Hill, a peaceful area of the Athenian center that carries a long history of culture, while it has been a centerpiece for creative individuals of various fields over the years. The bones of the house date back to 1930 when a refugee from Asia-minor -one of the many- placed the first stones to subsist in the area. The following years will shape Filopappou into a humble yet vibrant working class neighbourhood, which will later on give way for development. The older locals still share stories, describing the street where Esperinos sits -the nights in the 60’s when all the men would occupy the alley with chairs to watch a football match and how the backyards became nests for artists and folk musicians during the years of the Greek junta. Esperinos is an homage to these stories, not only because of their -undoubtedly significant- cultural value but mostly because they reflect a way of living that is unfolding on matters we now perceive as primal -communal love, freedom of expression and joy!
Two wide windows are facing the quiet street, while a private backyard becomes the center of the house. Esperinos is designed for letting travellers create their own relation with the out-world. The house features a king bed in a quiet upstairs sleeping mezzanine and plenty of chairs for inviting new friends for dinner & drinks. A custom music playlist and a selection of complimentary goods, sourced from local bio markets and wineries, will keep the best company if seeking tranquillity.
Focusing on the importance of engaging with the local contemporary art scene, Esperinos is collaborating with grace, an independent art foundation operating in Athens since 2016. Grace curates an annually updated collection of art and design works that is presented within the residency, while presents a program of in-house art events throughout the year.