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Kinsterna Hotel & Spa / Divercity Architects

  • 10:00 - 7 February, 2016
Kinsterna Hotel & Spa / Divercity Architects
Kinsterna Hotel & Spa / Divercity Architects, Memory is embedded in the textured surfaces of the buildings.. Image © Cathy Cunliffe
Memory is embedded in the textured surfaces of the buildings.. Image © Cathy Cunliffe

Skilled local craftsmen were brought in to restore original features like this fireplace. Lace patterns are etched onto the walls, an intimate touch that reinterprets tradition and craftsmanship.. Image © Cathy Cunliffe The natural flow of water spills gently into the cistern and pool.. Image © Cathy Cunliffe Local construction methods and materials capture the atmosphere of the original building. Ceilings feature exposed stone vaults, cypress beams or traditional woodwork.. Image © Cathy Cunliffe The outdoor dining area, a series of raised platforms floating above the original cistern.. Image © Cathy Cunliffe + 27

  • 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
  • Text

    Rachel Howard
  • Client

    Aighis
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The successive phases of construction are rendered visible in contrasting stonework and thick plaster facing.
The successive phases of construction are rendered visible in contrasting stonework and thick plaster facing.

Text description provided by the architects. Kinsterna Hotel is a five-star hotel in the Peloponnese, near the Byzantine fortress of Monemvasia. Surrounded by olive and citrus groves, the 17th century estate has a fascinating past, spanning Byzantine, Ottoman and Venetian times. Revealing these layers of history was integral to the mansion’s restoration and conversion into a country hotel and spa. Recreating a self-sufficient and sustainable community was an essential part of our mission to revive this long-abandoned landmark.

Floor Plan
Floor Plan

Kinsterna, cistern in Greek, is named after the water feature at the heart of the property. For centuries, water has breathed life into this fertile landscape from a source high in the mountains, cascading down a creek before it is channelled into the cistern. Water is the central element of the design concept, weaving nature into the architecture and threading the historic and new buildings together. Irrigating the surrounding orchards, vineyards, and kitchen gardens, water also supports the hotel’s environmental philosophy, enabling the revival of traditional activities that were once the lifeblood of the estate, such as wine and olive oil production.

The swimming pool meanders through the grounds like a river.. Image © Cathy Cunliffe
The swimming pool meanders through the grounds like a river.. Image © Cathy Cunliffe
Diagram
Diagram

In phase two, we were commissioned to design a substantial extension to accommodate additional common areas. Designing a modern building alongside a historic mansion, while remaining sensitive to the natural environment, posed a number of challenges.

Local construction methods and materials capture the atmosphere of the original building. Ceilings feature exposed stone vaults, cypress beams or traditional woodwork.. Image © Cathy Cunliffe
Local construction methods and materials capture the atmosphere of the original building. Ceilings feature exposed stone vaults, cypress beams or traditional woodwork.. Image © Cathy Cunliffe

Our solution was inspired by the tiled, pitched roofs of Byzantine Monemvasia. We unfolded and extended this recognisable form to create an abstracted roofscape that speaks to the region’s undulating hills, as well as the guest's unfurling journey through the estate. Thanks to careful consideration of the position and geometry of the new building, its large volume almost disappears when viewed from the pool.

© Cathy Cunliffe
© Cathy Cunliffe
Elevation
Elevation

© Cathy Cunliffe
© Cathy Cunliffe

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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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