Best Project in Progress_ Silver prize at Residential Development Awards
The Hotel is located at Abelokipi, one of the most densely populated areas of Athens.
The name Abelokipi derives from the Greek words, “vineyard” and “garden”. Until the end of the 19th century, the region was covered with dense vegetation and fields with just a few rural residences and holiday villas.
After World War II, the region joined the city plan and Abelokipi was developed rapidly to cover the needs for housing for the large masses of Greek refugees moving to Athens.
Nowadays, Abelokipi is a multicultural area populated by locals, new immigrants and university students. The building will act as a landmark to the area celebrating the diversity of the neighbourhood and capturing the history of the region.
The Hotel has seven floors and consists of seventeen studio apartments on the upper floors, a ground floor reception and café, gym and laundry facilities and a roof top swimming pool.
The building appears as boxes stacked on top of each other. The façades are made out of two types of aluminum liners of different densities that provide privacy to its residents. In front of each terrace, movable shutters can be adjusted to provide guests the desired amount of daylight and privacy.
Elements of nature on each floor act as a common thread between spaces, offering privacy and creating a soothing atmosphere. Every level is filled with vine trees, shrubs and other indigenous trees carefully planted depending on the orientation of each terrace.
The dense vegetation offers the residents a sense of privacy and a “rus in urbe” experience which lack in the neighbourhood.
Considering the area’s human ecology, the design complements the surrounding cityscape at ground floor, by providing communal spaces ideal for social interaction establishing a welcoming environment that facilitates gatherings for hotel outsiders too.
The building has a robust environmental character with a minimum energy footprint integrating shading, planting and Pieris.Architects’ dedicated sustainability approach.