The abandoned wine factory, set directly on the sea, comprises wine tanks that have been minimally restored to preserve their original industrial feel, and are laid out in two parallel rows of concrete blocks with a steel-frame extension.
Interior design K-Studio
while elements of timber add dashes of warmth in a nod to the area’s nautical history. The visionary behind the design and architecture concept here, K-Studio, is also responsible for Design Hotels member Perianth Hotel.
History Raise a glass
History Raise a glass
However, following a drop in demand for the fruit in the late 1800s, the country explored possible new uses for its unsold currants. This gave rise to the construction of the first wineries and distilleries. A perfect example of the architectural methods of the time, the winery that houses Dexamenes was built on the water so that the wine could be pumped directly onto ships.
Beach Kourouta Beach
Sustainability Keeping an eye on our Conscious Hotel Principles
The venue itself was repurposed and most materials were upcycled, including blocks of concrete reused as steppingstones, coffee tables, and chairs; reclaimed bricks were used to create the floor of the restaurant and courtyard; and old water pipelines exist as handrails.
The hotel upcycled building waste into furniture, floors, and handrails. They have a program of counting water that is consumed and chose to landscape the area with local plants that need minimal watering.
The hotel produces almost 90% of their electrical energy needs in-house.
The hotel collaborates closely with local farmers, promoting products from within the region: a feat which lies at the heart of their gastronomic identity.
The hotel’s values are centered around cultural connection. Guests can partake in unique experiences blending viticulture with art, like wine tasting performances and immersive art and design events.
Alternative wellness treatments are available that do not guzzle energy like typical spa facilities. This includes sound bath healing events in an open-air courtyard tank room, along with wine tastings, cooking workshops, and performances, art installations, and exhibitions.
Sustainable means of transport are on offer with electric cars and vans. The hotel is spread out horizontally across one story, making all areas accessible for those with mobility issues.
Dexamenes operates with a small team where respecting each other is paramount and instinctive. Staff are educated consistently on sustainability matters.
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Looking at projects by K-Studio, one can’t help but be amazed by the energy of the light-filled spaces they design. Founded by Dimitris and Konstantinos Karampatakis, the studio creates this kinetic vigour by celebrating the history of the spaces, the architectural traditions of the location, and with a profound understanding of how light plays out in rooms.