Splitting the large mass resulting from the extended program into smaller sections has been a key choice. The creation of a set of independent volumes that will have as a reference point a central square with the pool and the open-air bar, in combination with a network of paved paths as a connecting element of the individual volumes, is the central idea of the composition. Equally important to the design of building structures has been the design of outdoor paths and configurations. In addition to that, the requirement of the program to maintain several carefully selected olive trees within the plot, set from the beginning an interesting parameter that had to be taken seriously into account in the architectural design, significantly determining the course of the synthetic process. The proposed tourist complex basically consists of eight individual building units, one for each apartment, which are repeated and organised in groups of four, thus forming two larger building clusters. The resulting two building complexes are placed in carefully selected locations within the plot and symmetrically to each other, taking advantage of the privileged orientation of the plot, parallel to the east and west axis and facing south. One building occupies the west side of the plot and the other one occupies the east side, while at the centre of the composition and between them, the basic building type of apartment is repeated once more and transformed in order to function as a communal building for the reception and breakfast kitchen. Each apartment has a bedroom with kitchen and bathroom, while the use of a mono-pitched roof allows the creation of an attic that is utilised as a second bedroom.
Location: Skala Panagias, Thassos, Greece
Architectural Design: Panagiotis Zakkas, Architect
Project Year: 2021
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