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The Riviera Luxury beach bar is located in Chalkidiki in one of the most renowned beaches in the Sithonia peninsula, the beach of Saint John. The project acts like a deep threshold to the sea. The beach bar consists of a standing bar area, a restaurant that can accommodate up to 40 people and a lounge that is ideal for parties and social events.
The location and the natural beauty of the scenery inspired the design of the “Riviera” bar. The created palette combines natural materials and textures, which have led to the development of a form that “emerges” from the sand and the ground.
The fencing that surrounds the area has been created by using cement sunbreaks (celosias). This perforated fence reminiscent of 60’s Hellenic modernism acts as a play between light and shade through an alternation of gaps and closed surfaces, while it constantly alters the relationship of the spaces between the dipole “spectator-spectacle”.
The external undivided canopy, brings together the whole construction and provides shade to the area. The different materials used to create the panels of the specific shed highlights the usage of the different areas. The reed is chosen to cover the bar-lounge area. The makuti, which has been vertically placed and let free to rustle in the sea-breeze, shades the restaurant area.
To combine the principles of the Greek hospitality with the emergence of the idyllic landscape, the architects created a synthesis of spatial experiences with a contemporary design, traditional materials and a distinct reference to the infinite blue.

Design by: Skarlakidis Architecture + G.Bartzioumas
Photos by: studiovd.gr

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