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Project: Isla Brown Corinthia
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Isla Brown Corinthia

Brown Hotels

Corinthia, Greece

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Isla Brown Corinthia

Corinthia, Greece

Brown Hotels

Completed

The total redesign of the iconic, mid-1970’s, “Hanikian” hotel, embodies elements of topography of its legendary location on the Corinthian Gulf, shaping a new architectural identity. The formerly rectangular, repetitively formed, modernist building was endowed with an organic form, inspired by landscape formations under the bright natural light. The design concept for the new hotel highlights the material and sensual properties of its location on the northern edge of the Greek Volcanic Arc, besides “Sousaki, a craterless volcano silent for 2.7million years. Inspired by a mythological embodiment of a volcanic eruption, the design introduces panoramic views, and emulates the fluidity of lava: The square volumes of the building become a stack of white “pebbles” while successive curved surfaces on the facades of the building give a dynamic form and a sculpture effect that creates an overall sense of movement.

 

The hotel offers 166 luxury rooms and suites providing indoor dining, two bathrooms, and freestanding bathtubs. Common spaces include a lobby, indoor sea view bar with a bronze sculptural countertop under an undulating ceiling, an all-day dining restaurant, gym, and spa, as well as a magnificent infinity rooftop shallow pool with bar and lounge seating areas offering extended views over the Corinthian Gulf.

Consecutive curved surfaces create a renewed visual identity, in exterior and interior walls, finishes, lighting design, and decorative elements. The color palette features volcanic shades of terracotta and amber, bronze mirrors, gold, and tinted glass. Bespoke furniture designed for all common spaces, offer functionality while following contemporary aesthetics, inspired by distinctive natural elements.

 

In the hotel’s rooms and suites, Travertino stone with its rare tonalities hewn by nature was used to illuminate the space and bring out a vivid, uplifting feel. Walls and flooring were cladded with cement mortar to accent the seamlessness of spaces, while oak wood gives elegance and warmth in the interiors for a welcoming and timeless look. Hand-blown glass used to create furniture including a most prominent bar shaped as melted gold, offer the unique lushness of an art piece.  

Ria Vogiatzi. Alexandros Xenos. Glykeria Mpimi. Virginia Giagkou. Dimitris Michele Daniele. Kathrene Ioannidou. Mado Kapodistria. Vassilis Mpountopoulos

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