The design involved the refurbishment of the existing 1950’s building and its transformation into a Wellness Boutique Hotel.
The project is located at the traditional settlement of Dimitsana in Greece on a hillside and at an altitude of 950 meters. The settlement and its inhabitants played an important role in the history of the Greek Revolution against the Turkish domination of 1821 ac. The client’s family name is connected to the region and its history and it has been his life-long dream to restore his bonds with the region and play an active role in its future development.
The new hotel consists of 26 rooms, 1 junior suite and 6 luxury suites, and has a capacity to accommodate 78 people. Our concept evolved around two main parameters:
a. the central theme of local history and the way it could manifest itself through the making and the utilization of the new hotel’s different elements and
b. our reinterpretation of what a “wellness space” should stand for.
For the first purpose, elements from the local folklore art and crafts tradition, such as the “Kaplan”, a rectangular woven textile with geometric patterns and fringes, were used as inspiration for the choice of fabrics and materials. Emphasis was also given during the design of the hotel’s communal spaces, to the area’s pre-industrial heritage and to the existence of the “bar mills” where the impure nitro, used during the Revolution of 1821 to fuel the struggle with the necessary war material, was produced.
Our second aim was achieved through the design of a hotel that would personify the Danish philosophy, encompassed in the word Hygge. Hygge (pronounced hoo-gah) is a Danish word used to describe the “feeling of a qualitative moment of relaxation and comfort that creates satisfaction, completeness and well-being of mind and body.”
The Olon Spa is the epitome of “Hygge”, a place where one can redefine the relationship between one’s own mind and body and reinvent oneself, a unique healing environment with treatments and therapies that blend ancient Greek remedies and local products. From its southern side a marvelous view of Megalopolis plain and Taygetus is provided.