Lovely medieval retreat designed by Kostas Zouvelos, situated in Vathia, Greece.
Description by Kostas Zouvelos
The towers, these imposing tall and slender prisms, are probably the most cussed and absolute expression of Mani constructing. On the outskirts of the settlements, the “xemonia” have been erected so as to defend or increase the land property. They served to regulate, exclude or drive out the opponents, but in addition to switch the strain from the primary settlement to new territories.
Tainaron Blue Retreat is a consultant pattern of conventional xemonia of the South. The tower – now reworked right into a small visitor home – is dealing with an identical development, which had additionally been a robust fortified complicated. Each collectively, they managed the street to the world round Tainaron. The struggle tower is constructed on strong floor and rocks referred to as “rizomies”, at a strategic spot that gives a tremendous view of the ocean and the hinterland.
The restoration of the normal constructing solved type points in relation to the previous texture of the masonry, in order that the ultimate look of the tower gives the look of a constructing that emerges from the rock, upon which it’s based. The grouting internally and externally was accomplished with actual “kourasani” or Roman mortar (a mixture of Theraic soil, ceramic powder, lime and a particular shade of river sand) and minimal quantity of cement, which reinforces the static adequacy of the masonry and ensures sturdiness.
The conversion of the tower right into a visitor home needed to overcome appreciable difficulties. The rationale was the necessity for a excessive diploma of adaptation to the precise traits of the regional structure and on the similar time the demand for lodging in rooms with trendy aesthetic notion. The 4 flooring, with their comparatively restricted inside areas that comprise of three bedrooms with toilet and shared kitchen, breakfast and reception area, are organized alongside a vertical axis, permitting visitors to have the distinctive expertise of shifting by way of slender openings (“waterfalls”), picket stairs or rocks protruding from the partitions and arches (“steps”).
Because the formation of the outside areas had to make sure minimal interference, the addition of a water floor space tailored to the precise surroundings and revered the topography of the panorama, leading to a good and unified set of buildings and area with depth and character.
Tainaron Blue Lodge has been awarded the Particular Committee Award for General Score, on the one hundred% Lodge Design Awards 2015.
Images by George Meitner