A 2 Star Hotel In Greece Has Been Transformed Into A 4 Star Boutique Hotel

Hotel Relux Ios Island by A31 Architecture

 

A31 Architecture have transformed a 1980s 2 star hotel on Ios Island, Greece, into Hotel Relux, a contemporary 4 star boutique hotel.

 

Hotel Relux Ios Island by A31 Architecture

The architect’s description

Sometime during the mid ‘80s, Blue Bay Hotel Ios** was built at the Port of Ios island, overlooking Sikinos, without being renovated or reconstructed for more than two decades.

Hotel Relux Ios Island by A31 Architecture

That is until the complete renovation of its premises was seen as a necessity, in order to improve the facilities and upgrade the services offered. A31 was then assigned with the responsibility to transform that 2* hotel to a contemporary 4* boutique hotel, which was named Relux Ios Island.

Hotel Relux Ios Island by A31 Architecture

In order to succeed in that task, A31 redesigned the existing buildings’ outline as well as the bedrooms, the common areas and the surrounding landscape. The landscape design takes advantage of site specific features such as microclimatic and topographical conditions as well as the existing vegetation to blend the hotel exterior seamlessly into the surrounding natural setting.

Hotel Relux Ios Island by A31 Architecture

The uneven shape of the plot which seems to be “embracing” the complex, forms private gardens as well as adding outdoor spaces for the hotel’s function. The gentle slope that can be easily detected in the surrounding space was utilized as the ideal environment for the addition of build-in sitting rooms or elevated planted areas.

Hotel Relux Ios Island by A31 Architecture

The plant selection includes Mediterranean species, with rich aromas and flowering, selected on the basis of their low maintenance requirements and their ability to fit in the architectural unity.

Hotel Relux Ios Island by A31 Architecture

Designed in a subtractive manner, this project is defined by the sleekness of its surfaces. A31 also established flow and movement to the project by securing the organic integration of the water element in the surrounding space. The rooms were treated as individual spaces of island architecture, with unique morphological properties, and not as typical hotel rooms.

Hotel Relux Ios Island by A31 Architecture

Therefore, all of them were redesigned and new rooms were created with brand new layout and access, in order to meet the 4-star classification requirements.

Hotel Relux Ios Island by A31 Architecture

Furthermore, additional establishments of common areas were constructed, including an open bar, restaurant and wine bar, swimming pool, outdoor revitalization spa and a contemporary orthodox chapel.

Hotel Relux Ios Island by A31 Architecture

Architects: A31 ARCHITECTURE
Project’s Architect: Praxitelis Kondylis
Design Team: Praxitelis Kondylis, Ero Papadopoulou, Hara Lasithiotaki, Stefanos Nasopoulos
Project Management: A31 CONSTRUCTION, Panagiotis Karras
Landscape Architecture: Archetopo, Sarik Barbarian, Nikola Galiatsou
Structural Design: Tasos Kosmatopoulos, Civil Eng.
Electrical and Mechanical Design: Elias Kosmatopoulos, Mech. Eng.
Lighting design: OKAPI Lighting Design
Photo credits: Yiannis Hadjiaslanis
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