Photos: George Messaritakis, Elena Stavropoulou
This project consists of the renovation of rooms at the Herodion Hotel, established in the middle of the 70’s. The first requirement was to create a space that could not only be a pleasant environment to stay in, but also provide flexibility for the room’s layout. The second requirement was to take into consideration every aspect of the room in order to optimise the plan, without making it less spacious, and at the same time increase the available useful surfaces. There are never enough cupboards and shelves for the things that guests bring with them.
The main goal was to create a scenography. Two different designs for the same type of room were proposed. We basically kept the wooden floor, the soundproof wallpaper and all the changes were add-ons to the decoration of the room. The visual division into three zones that run around the walls gives the sense of a different era. The variety of materials and colours creates an illusion of a large space. For the first zone a durable material is used to ensure protection from the impact of luggage as this is the main cause of damage over the years.
The second proposal created a stricter and minimal atmosphere. The main idea was a space with a single colour, in which metal finishes give the final touch to the surfaces the occupant will use. Metal finishes are not only a decorative detail but also a useful one as they protect the surfaces’ corners from damage.
Attention is paid to the sleeping area by designing a frame that creates a game of shadows while at the same time incorporating lighting fixtures, either for general lighting or more specifically for reading. All material used are durable and demand no maintenance at all.