Derelict Wine Factory Transformed into Seaside Hotel

Architecture practice K-Studio has completed the transformation of an abandoned wine factory on the west coast of mainland Greece with the Dexamenes Seaside Hotel.

The original structure dates back to the early 20th century’s collapse of the currants trade, which resulted in the conversion of unsold currants stock into wine and the development of wineries and distilleries throughout Greece.

GALLERY  

Dexamenes was built on the sea so that the ships could be loaded with wine through a system of piping arrayed along the beach of Kourouta. By the 21st century, the ultimately derelict structure had been renovated into the coastal Dexamenes Hotel.

K-Studio worked to emphasise the raw materiality of the site, avoiding the introduction of any alien elements or materials. This design strategy guided the studio in the definition of its palette of concrete, steel and engineered glass with the addition of timber as a reference to the project’s nautical context.

The design serves to contrast and balance the old and new by using a contemporary, industrial palette. The structure is characterised by two concrete blocks divided lengthwise into two rows of ten storage tanks measuring approximately five by six meters. K-Studio made use of these tanks in the planning of a row of hotel rooms, opening outward toward the sea.

The point of entry to the Dexamenes Seaside Hotel is situated behind the row of tanks beneath a canopied pavilion-like space. Glass partitions open fully onto the concrete pavilion leading toward a reception area.

You sense the weight of the history of the site from the surrounding concrete buildings yet you are lifted by the energy of this new, light-filled space and, as you move through to the bar and lounge, by your first view of the sea,” said K-Studio.






Get our enews

Design and development news that comes to you






                 
$2 billion retail complex for Sydney's Darling Harbour

Property and Retail Development Group, GPT, has acquired a significant stake in the $2 billion Darling Park and ...

A new 'instant suburb' for Sydney

Instant suburbs continue to pop up across Sydney and it’s a phenomenon with, seemingly, no end. These ‘suburbs’ ...

Sydney CBD property hits market for $25 million

A heritage building in Sydney’s CBD has been listed for sale with a price expectation of approximately $25 ...

Building Innovation Delivers More Energy-Efficient Homes

Australia’s leading manufacturer of innovative insulated building systems, Bondor, is leading a revolutionary change in the way houses ...

Crystal Houses reopens in Amsterdam

Dutch design practice, MVRDV has reopened their project, Crystal Houses, this time with a new tenant and façade. ...

  MORE  

Stay connected to the SPEC

Join our reader network by signing up to our weekly newsletter and receive design and development news straight to your inbox










© 2018 Universal Media Co. All Rights Reserved. Privacy Policy. Terms of Service. The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of Universal Media Co.