The new 5* hotel with a total area of 5,771m2 occupies a 29,080m2 plot in Marmari, on the northeastern side of Kos Island.
The architectural design aims to redefine the concept of tourist accommodation offered as a cultural product and to make it an experience for the visitor, linking it to the place, its history and culture. The approach is holistic and takes place at the level of urban and architectural design, interior design, services (eg. culinary experiences) and entertainment (music).
The goal is achieved by eliminating the hotel blocks and creating an alternative hospitality area like a friendly home, with a relaxed atmosphere where luxury services are offered discreetly.
The classical central building is deconstructed. Public space acquires the characteristics of a settlement. In the central square, the first common functions are articulated into four independent buildings. The first serves the reception, the second the management, the third the bar and store and the fourth the library.
At the connecting axis of the square with the beach restaurant-bar, lies the ground floor rejuvenation building, with unadorned cubic modular form. Surrounded by pine trees, olive trees and aromatic plants, it includes a traditional hammam, indoor swimming pool, gym and an outdoor yoga area.
The end of the route is dominated by the restaurant and beach club complex. The logic of a building is repealed; functions are freely placed under an L-shaped canopy, allowing views of the sea and the patio-pool. A series of successive frames, hidden in specially formed recesses, transform the space depending on weather conditions and needs. During days with strong winds, the glazing on the northern front of the beach close, creating a sheltered zone in the central pool area and patios. On the northern side, a single wooden terrace overlooking the dunes and the sea provides shelter during the hot days.
There are three types of rooms. Double rooms, allocated in ground floor and small two storey buildings; small houses with sitting areas, developed in clusters of two to three units with a communal swimming pool in an enclosed courtyard; and lastly, larger one or two bedroom houses with private pools and patios. The buildings are situated in three zones, according to their typology, reminiscent of island urban settlements, with narrow streets, unexpected openings – positions, external stairs and built-in outdoor sitting areas.
Mastrominas ARChitecture in collaboration with Micromega Architecture
Annabell Kutucu in collaboration with Lambs and Lions