Best of 2020: Bioaroma
The guiding principle behind the design of the new museum and experience store, is the balance between financial sustainability, environmental performance, and social responsibility. The architecture highlights and promotes the history and culture of Crete concerning natural cosmetics, essential oils, and herbs, incorporating the local craft tradition with contemporary, industrial production methods. Natural materials such as rough local stone, and oak wood veneer on furniture, were selected corresponding to the first category; metal sheets on the double pivoting entrance doors, museum display cases, canopy, and roof, as well as plexiglass on the display screens, correspond to the second. Positioning the store at the center of the layout allows immediate access from the entrance, leaving the museum undisturbed, and establishes clear visual connections to the museological path.