The garden stripe ending at the sea
The main purposes of the design are, on the one hand, the utilization of the buildings that already exist and, on the other hand, the adoption of an architectural language that restores the proportions and textures of a Cycladic architecture.
Regarding the first objective, the renovation and upgrading of the existing unit was preferred (instead of demolishing it and erecting new buildings), in the context of an ecological concept of preserving older shells and mitigating the energy footprint of construction works. Regarding the second objective we kept the scale of single-story buildings and restored the familiar scale of two-story buildings. To achieve this, wherever buildings had been constructed with facades that exceeded two-story facades of 7.5 meters high, we restored the proportion of the two-story building volume, framing with perimeter embankments and courtyards that act as bases for the rooms and ensure visual privacy for the users. This landscaping restores the familiar scale of the Cycladic facade with a maximum height of two floors and introduces a variety of materials that articulate the scale: stone in the bases and courtyards of the buildings juxtaposed with the plastered surfaces of the superstructure, achieve a variety of materials, a hierarchy and a richly textured surface, along the pedestrian path.
The two objectives we mentioned above have as their main concern the formation of a landscape in which the planting throughout the entire plot takes center stage. The proposal undertakes the preservation of all the trees that the plot already has (and, as the case may be, their transplanting) and the extension of plants near all the courtyards so that the visitors’ path is accompanied by Mediterranean plants, climbers, shrubs and trees that offer shade. Ending towards the sea and the basis of the view from the hotel unit, is the new swimming pool which acquires elongated proportions and has as its starting point the boundary line of the beach. Dotted platforms with reed umbrellas enter its perimeter, breaking down the scale with various arrangements of their shapes.
- Status Ongoing
- Year 2022 - 2023
- Location Naxos