Theros is a secret mystic world where childhood memories of a carefree summer are brought to life by the scents of jasmine, the swaying of palms in the meltemi and the rustling of reeds. A hidden paradise where the experience of slow living is served by modern design based on the traditional principles of building and the local history of architecture.
The public space is housed under a rectangular slab, where reception, dining and leisure functions develop freely, intensifying the feeling of relaxation. The large single openings on the two facades blur the boundaries between indoor and outdoor space and the functions freely flow towards the two terraces, creating the feeling that everything takes place in a semi-outdoor space.
The entrance to the main building with its strict stone structure is through a wooden bridge over water, a reference to the landmark of the town of Kos, the medieval castle. The welcoming reception with the monastic table is followed by the surprise of the single simple but with multiple stimuli space and the invitation to the inner paradise of the western terrace with the central swimming pool surrounded by tall palms and olive trees. Visual escapes are also free towards the eastern terrace with the row of eucalyptus trees and the beach. Everything seems to have been there before.
The suites are developed in introverted neighborhoods where the transition from the public - semi-public to the private space is marked by a differentiation of materials, plantings and finally the quality of the spaces. The peripheral straight paths of the complex are defined by reeds on one side and by stone blind walls on the other. The solid stone wall protects the privacy of the rooms, while minimal narrow openings offer natural cooling. Passing through the castle doors to the communal courtyards with the clay pots with basils, leads to the discovery of the hidden paradise, with the private pools and the tropical vegetation of plants traditionally found in the town of Kos.
All ground floor suites have private pools and are surrounded by palm and olive trees. The upper floor suites have large verandas with pergolas, hammocks and roof garden planted with olives and aromatics. The neutral colors and natural materials in the interior of the rooms increase the feeling of relaxation along with the element of water that you find everywhere.
The materials on the ground floor are natural stone from Kos built with a large mud joint in the traditional way found on the island and in the adjacent windmills, while the upper floors are cover by raw plaster. Shades and details are made of wood and reeds. The bioclimatic architecture is enhanced by the use of ceiling fans and the investment in modern building technologies and central electronic room control (KNX), aiming at sustainability and environmental ethics. A key element of the gardens are olives, palms, cypresses, lemon trees and reeds, mainly Mediterranean native plants with an emphasis on xerophytic poes and aromatic-medicinal herbs of Hippocratic healing, that have minimal water requirements.
Suppliers & Contributors:
Architecture, Concept, Interior design | MASTROMINAS ARCHITECTURE
Landscape design | KATERINA SYRRAKOU
Structural design | DIMITRIS THEODOSIOU – STEMEKA IKE – VALIS PANAGIOTIS
MEP design | PETROS CHATZIPETROS
Construction | LAMBI HOSPITALITY SA
Design | 2021
Construction |Νοέμβριος 2021-Μάιος 2022
Cost | 5.000.000 €