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2017-2018

ekies all senses resort

CTRLZAK studio was asked by ekies all senses resort, a member of the Design Hotels collective, to give a deeper meaning to the hotel’s identity. Inspired by Chalkidiki’s special ecosystem, where rounded stone volumes and pine trees are in direct contact with the sea, CTRLZAK studio developed creative solutions that underline nature’s presence and invite visitors to reflect on their relationship with it. The typical Mediterranean Pine tree (Pinus Pinea), which is found in the region was the archetype of the project. Starting from the lower parts of the Pine tree, the roots are translated into various paths leading visitors gradually towards the sea shore and eventually branching inside the sea itself. Going higher up the tree-trunk, one finds the tinder fungus (Formes fomentarius), an umbrella-shaped fungal species, that inspired us for the new shade coverings of the lounge area. The pine needles themselves become protagonists of the resort functioning as dividers and coverings taking the shape of articulate patterns that evolve in the restaurants, bar and in particular the Treehouse itself. Inside the tree’s branches though, there are also parasitic organisms such as the Pine Processionary (Thaumetopoea pityocampa) whose larvae form silk-like nests and constitute the inspiration for the ’cocoon’ that wraps around the gourmet restaurant of the Treehouse. A seemingly negative connotation that creates yet a scenic setting hopefully making people reflect on their role within such a context while providing a unique gourmet experience admiring the sea from within the tree’s embrace. The studio’s intention with the above metaphor and other related elements within the project is to underline, in a symbolic way, the transition of the visitor’s role from parasitic to symbiotic creating a harmonic relationship between humans and nature.

Interior, furniture & lighting design, art direction: CTRLZAK Art & Design Studio
Construction and project supervision: Thimios Apostolakis, KMP engineering
Architectural design: Agarch + Architects
Landscape design: Fytron O.E. (Michalis Petsaggourakis)
Photos: Vangelis Somarakis, Nikos Vavdinoudis & Christos Dimitriou, Anima - Vision / Nick Kontostavlakis
 

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Project’s concept based on two central axes that connect man with nature as well as sea with land, inviting the visitors to reflect on their relationship with the environment

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View of the Treehouse restaurant

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Details from the Treehouse lower level

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Details from the Treehouse restaurant with some pieces from our Hybrid collection designed for Seletti

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Project’s support concept

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Lighting installation inspired by the Greek temples

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Detail from the paths that lead the visitors towards the sea and hotel’s various areas

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General view of the Treehouse and the lounge area

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View of the Loligo beach bar

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View of the Bubo restaurant

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View of Bubo restaurant’s outdoor area

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View of the Kuko restaurant

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General view of Kuko restaurant

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Restrooms details with our Coralfull wallpaper designed for Wall&Decò

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View of the beach area

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Top view of the pier area

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The view from the Treehouse

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General view of ’Nature Inside’ suites

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Artworks created by Thanos Zakopoulos specifically for ’Nature Inside’ suites

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