Hotel Elaionas
‘I believe most works of architecture begin with a vision. Whether it comes from someone’s mind-eye, or from a dream, or from a longing – it’s there inside the mind. The architect must seek that pulsating moment to make that vision – a realiy.’ Patricia Zeliou Nestled between the rugged mountains of Varasova and Klokova, on the main highway between the Balkan countries and the isthmus of Corinthos sits a hotel complex encompassing 4 – star accomodation, entertainment, celebration, exercise, relaxation and of course partaking in some fine local cuisine. The vision to create something extraordinary and original began with the purchase of an olive grove and a small broken down stone house that stood across the road from a fireplace factory. The wild beauty of the region, with its rugged barren mountain ranges running alonside densely green mountain ranges, all with a history of their own, was another factor considered in undertaking this project. It would give to visitors and locals a place to enjoy and be proud of. As the visionist saw in this land his own beginnings, he also saw an opportunity to beautify this area and create a place quite unlike anything else ever built here. In so doing, he would provide not only something beautiful that would give – over time - pleasure to others but provide local employment, continue his family roots and offer something to his community. Among his many requests, the existing land was to remain and be one with the natural environment as much as possible. The olive trees were to be kept as they were and if not, at least to be relocated around the grounds of the complex. The stone of the existing house was to be reused and other similar stone brought in from other “broken down” houses found locally. This stone would be used along with old brick also found from these houses to create an interesting and artistic look to the bungalows and the central building of this project. Although stone, often the material of choice when looking to architecturally connect the past with the future, there was no doubt that with the addition of wood, it would mellow the ‘bruteness’ and combine to make a perfect ‘partnership’. And so, the request for “lots of wood” preferably in dark tones was to be used throughout the complex preferably in the main building. The naturalistic qualities of both materials not only provide visual and textural tones but they were a means of connecting the buildings within the complex with the surrounding land. Thus agreed in July 2005 ‘ELAIONAS ZELIOU’ hotel – restaurant – wine bar – convention/banquet hall – wine boutique – theatre began construction under the ‘watchful eye,’ care and creative design of the architect. It was a project 26 months in the making. There were challenges but none that could not be overcome. There were weather conditions to face, especially the long hot summer of the first year of construction. But all in all, it was well worth the challenge to achieve the best possible end for the visionist, who originated the project some years before. Ten bungalows with their stoned walls and brown roof tiles each as individual inside as their similarity outside provided a backround for the rest of the complex below. There is nothing more wonderful to see than the central building where you find the restaurant and reception area on the first floor, the banquet hall on the lower floor and the wine bar on the upper floor. Stone, wood, ceramic tiles, granite, copper – the warm and striking colors of the walls and ceiling – not to mention the beautiful stained glass windows throughout the building – in the doors and windows and on the ceiling. The eye is forever in awe as it and wanders over the creativeness of the project as a whole.s Sunrises and sunsets all provide special moments to those who chance to spend some time here. Each season offers its own special delights as weather and daylight change project their own different hues on the neighboring villages and surrounding nature. One is never disappointed. The sun rising on the ceramic roof tops lends its warmth to the pleasant colours of the brick and stone of all the buildings in the complex. The various hues awake one by one as sunlight dances on the metal fences and bridges leading from stoned paths around the complex to the main building. If you care to take your coffee and sit on the granite steps of the 1000 seat capacity theater, you are amazed again as your eyes wander to the huge boulders that meld one into the other and provide a wall for the flowers and trees and paths above. You wonder if in ancient times such a theater did exist on this spot and provide audiences with plays from the great playwrights of ancient Greece. ‘The things that have lasted and the things that will last are never subject to quick fashion. That good work and great work have been able to survive, we way take as a sign of the good sense in us, buried under temporary nonsense. Instead of adjusting our work to the public demand of the moment, let us direct it to this true sense of underlying value’. Annie Albers

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