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Kinsterna Hotel & Spa / Divercity Architects

  • 10:00 - 7 February, 2016
Kinsterna Hotel & Spa / Divercity Architects
Kinsterna Hotel & Spa / Divercity Architects, © Cathy Cunliffe
© Cathy Cunliffe

© Cathy Cunliffe © Cathy Cunliffe © Cathy Cunliffe © Cathy Cunliffe + 28

  • Architects Developed Design Phase 1

    Ergastiri 73 - Apostolos Parpairis & Associates
  • Collaborating Architects

    Nostos - M. Nikolakopoulou (Technical Design Phase 1), Nostos - N. Koukoula, El. Maliarou (Phase 2)
  • Structural Engineer

    G. Dimitrakopoulos & Associates (Phase 1), OTM – M. Travasarou (Phase 2)
  • Services Engineer

    ENG (Phase 1), GKA engineers – K. Chaniotis, M. Grispos, Th. Zacharis, G. Koliopanos, Gkazka & Nostos S.A. – K. Manolas (Phase 2)
  • Lighting Designer

    Diathlasis (Phase 1), D. Kamba (Phase 2)
  • Space Consultant

    Sofia Vantaraki
  • Contractor

    Nostos
  • CGIs

    Divercity
  • Project

    Hotel Conversion, with Extension (Phase 1) and Hotel, New Build (Phase 2)
  • Client

    Project
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© Cathy Cunliffe
© Cathy Cunliffe

Text description provided by the architects. Kinsterna Hotel & Spa treats the experience of staying in a hotel as a trail of discovery. Kinsterna is a restored mansion built around a cistern in the middle of a lush olive and citrus grove near the Byzantine fortress of Monemvassia. Originally built in the late 18th century, some parts of the building date back to the 13th century. These layers of history were integral to the restoration project. The design encourages visitors to seek their own interpretation of the building’s past, as a voyage through time. Memory, nature and materiality are woven together by highlighting a single architectural element that can be expounded on many different levels.

Floor Plan
Floor Plan

In this case, water is the central theme running through the design. For centuries, water has breathed life into these fertile lands, from its source high in the mountains, cascading down a creek and irrigating the fields, before it is channelled into the age-old cistern. Following this path, Divercity extended the natural flow of water, pooling beneath a cantilevered dining platform, then meandering through the indoor and outdoor spaces before gently spilling into the swimming pool, which resembles a river. The stream opens up views to the spectacular surroundings: imposing Mount Taygetus on one side, fortified, medieval Monemvassia on he other.

© Cathy Cunliffe
© Cathy Cunliffe
Diagram
Diagram

In the suites and rooms, the atmosphere of the original building has been painstakingly recreated using traditional construction methods and authentic local materials. The fascinating layering of various building phases is rendered in juxtaposed stonework and thick plaster facing. The ceilings either feature exposed stone vaults, cypress beams or traditional woodwork. Patterns on the interior walls allude to traditional lace-making or demonstrate in-filled vaults and fireplaces. The Spa becomes a cinematic experience, where the guests are guided from the mystical darkness of the reception area and changing rooms towards the sunlight, which generously fills the main area.

© Cathy Cunliffe
© Cathy Cunliffe

An extension of the hotel is now planned to accommodate additional common areas. This addition will provide an exciting juxtaposition between the historic mansion and contemporary architecture. The plan is to elaborate on the abstract patterns found on many of Monemvassia’ s old buildings, such as folding tiled roofs and narrow openings, that create evocative lighting effects.

© Cathy Cunliffe
© Cathy Cunliffe
Elevation
Elevation

© Cathy Cunliffe
© Cathy Cunliffe

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Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "Kinsterna Hotel & Spa / Divercity Architects" 07 Feb 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/781550/kinsterna-hotel-and-spa-divercity/> ISSN 0719-8884
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