In February 2022, we were commissioned the renovation of three rooms at “The Stanley Hotel” 4*, which was completed in March of the same year. Following this, the project’s construction began in May and was completed in June, working within a very strict timeline and an overall budget of € 170K.
The initial brief we had from the hotel management was the creation of three luxury suites. After having recently successfully renovated its rooftop, we presented our design proposal for these three new suites, aiming for a completely different aesthetic perception of its rooms in general. Based on this proposal, a possible future aesthetic and functional upgrade as well of the large number of its rooms, could contribute in the creation of a high-end hotel of Athens, which is an major tourist destination.
Having as spatial boundaries the hotel’s existing adjacent rooms as well as the structural and HVAC grid, we sought to apply as much as possible the idea of an open floor plan to these specific rooms, aiming at their optimal aesthetic and functional flow.
Two of the three suites operate completely autonomously and are identical in layout and design. They consist of a single space with successive zones of a bar, bedroom and living room, while they are separated from the open bathroom space by the headboard’s structure, through elements of translucency and opacity. The third suite is essentially a two-bedroom suite with the possibility of an internal connection, consisting also of a sitting area, which is separated from the bedroom through a sliding partition of fluted glass. Inside the bedroom, an impressive headboard separates the sleeping area from that of the dressing area. The bathroom, respectively, is functionally isolated from the bedroom, through a composition of translucent and opaque elements.
During the construction, our main concern was the creation of a luxurious environment, within a controlled cost and timeline, but without the project’s aesthetic downgrade. At the same time, in this unfortunate time of war where worldwide productions have slowed down to an extreme point, the choice of materials was perhaps the most important decision as our proposal is mostly characterized by its diversity of finishes. After an intensive research of the various materials’ availability, porcelain tiles with a marble effect and laminate in a walnut texture were chosen, creating very interesting contrasts of textures and colors, while offering the necessary durability in use and ease of cleaning as well. Especially the latter contributes very positively to the sustainability of the hotel and also to the reduction of the operating expenses of the enterprise.
Very important was also the choice of fluted glass, as a semi-transparent element, offering the sense of visual continuity and connection of spaces, however, distorting the forms depending on their proximity to it, making it ideal for separating individual spaces and especially the bathrooms, where privacy is essential.
Concluding, k-division's proposal aimed at the creation of a theatrical setting, presenting a scenographic environment that enhances the visitor's experience, stimulating his senses through a combination of textures, colors and light.