The design of the Carolina Mare Hotel was a massive challenge for us. We were inquired to transform the existing hotel complex into a functional and pleasant environment that manages to meet the modern needs of catering and leisure. Our office tended the bar even more, aiming at the transformation of the hotel, making it not only functional but also an attractive tourist destination.
We received a complex suffocatingly developed without independent spaces and with narrow passages. Each structure was the result of a gradual expansion of the hotel and was erected in different time periods, so the buildings were scattered and dissimilar. The result was a band without consistency and uniform style. As follows, the solution of functional and aesthetic problems was deemed necessary.
Our initial concern was the unification of the visible spaces, transforming these areas into clearings. This was achieved by enhancing the visual contact between the spaces and in relation to the sea, with the use of diverse materials but also with the play of natural lighting. With the use of light shading we established appealing paths with the ultimate goal of the view to the sea. The use of glass and water elements convey the feeling through the reflections that the spaces are bigger and aesthetically complete. In addition, the frames and colors on the facades of the buildings add to the cohesion of the complex, making the ensemble representative of the modern era.
The interiors as well as the rooms have been upgraded to spaces of high aesthetics enhancing the quality of the hotel services, while achieving direct access to the swimming pools and the external areas. The guests can now feel at home and extend their stay, which was one of the initial criteria.
Such interventions enhance the status of the hotel and give a positive first image to the customer. We succeeded with the minimum possible, and with respect to the cost interventions to design a complex of significant quality and aesthetics, that upgrades the tourist product of the complex, making it competitive both locally and nationwide.
Photographer: Paulos Kapoglou