On the west edge of Creta –where the mountains meet the sea– a new ‘topos’ is born. With an endless view to the elongated beach of Falasarna, a hospitality project is unveiled.
Being inspired by Aris Konstantinidis, strong lines and geometric shapes are incorporated to the arid landscape. Embracing the native traditional architecture as well as the ancient Greek past, the complex unfolds in three separate, linear, ground level volumes.
These 2acres build volumes consist of four rooms of 100sqm, four rooms of 40sqm, one villa of 200sqm, a reception hall, restaurant and dining area, staff rooms, storages. The main idea derives from the need to provide all rooms with an uninterrupted view of both the mountains and the sea. The linear architectural design is interrupted by large or smaller openings which frame west or east views. This linearity is enhanced though materiality, however –the integration of curves and triangles create a more contemporary feel, while serving a functional purpose. Deliberately left untouched, the surrounding landscape is an ode to the Mediterranean fauna.
With emphasis on functionality, native architecture is combined with modernist references –only to create an Architectural archetype.
Location: Falasarna, Kissamos, Creta
Architectural Study: Mado Samiou, Demosthenes Kouros
Static Engineer: Manousos Troulakis
Mechanical Engineer: Christos Vasileiou
Year of Study: 2022
Plot area: 12.200 m²
Build area: 1.800 m²