Dexamenes Seaside Hotel — Amaliada, Greece
Housed in a derelict wine factory in western Greece, untouched since the 1920’s, Nikos Karaflos’ latest hotel floats above the beach at Kourouta like a chic, horizontal sea liner.
Making the most of the low-slung proportions, Athens-based practice K-Studio, performed a delicate but definitive intervention that complements rather than erases the spare, industrial aesthetic. Having wrapped the building in a sun-shade of louvered plywood canopy and cut spacious window openings into the wine tanks, flooding the ten suites subsequently created with light, the studio carefully restored interiors, preserving existing texture and patina where possible, relying on generous glass walled bathrooms and minimalist, unobtrusive furnishings to add elegance and sophistication.
Facing the manicured beach, suites come with a private terrace area and when the Peloponnese sun threatens to overwhelm, the smooth surfaces and cool palette of delicate greys and bleached woods inside offer a welcome, monastic respite from the brightness outside. §