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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Grace Santorini Hotel & Villa by Divercity & Mplusm

 
September 6th, 2015 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Divercity & Mplusm

This 20-room hotel (a joint project between Divercity and Mplusm) is carved into the cliff-face 300m above Santorini’s volcanic caldera. The understated design allows this extraordinary landscape to take centre stage. The hotel provides a contemporary interpretation of vernacular architecture: economy of space, radical simplicity, and organic forms.

Overview of the hotel, Image Courtesy © Erieta Attali

Overview of the hotel, Image Courtesy © Erieta Attali

  • Architects: Divercity & Mplusm
  • Project: Grace Santorini Hotel & Villa
  • Location: Santorini, Greece
  • Photography: Erieta Attali & Serge Detalle
  • Client: Grace Hotels Group
  • Status: Complete, 2010 (Hotel), 2012 (Villa)
  • Architects:
    • Divercity & Mplusm (Hotel)
    • Divercity (Villa)
  • Principal Architects:
    • Divercity – Nikolas Travasaros  / Christina Achtypi
    • Mplusm – Memos Filippidis / Marita Nikoloutsou
  • Total plot area: 1,033.72 m2
  • Total building area: 621.23 m2
  • Interior Designers: 
    • Divercity & Mplusm
    • Sophia Vantaraki, (space consultant)
    • Alkistie Skarlatou (lighting designer)

View from the path leading to the famous Skaros rock, Image Courtesy © Erieta Attali

View from the path leading to the famous Skaros rock, Image Courtesy © Erieta Attali

Like Santorini’s yposkafa- cave-like dwellings with rounded walls and domed roofs excavated from the rock-face- no furniture is free-standing. Custom-built storage and vanity units are moulded into alcoves. All-white interiors with brushed concrete floors reiterate the trademark whitewashed houses of the Cyclades. The infinity pool’s jagged outline echoes the zigzag paths that criss-cross Santorini’s sheer terrain.

View from the infinity pool overlooking the sea, Image Courtesy © Erieta Attali

View from the infinity pool overlooking the sea, Image Courtesy © Erieta Attali

View from the open-air lounge, Image Courtesy © Erieta Attali

View from the open-air lounge, Image Courtesy © Erieta Attali

Santorini’s hotel rooms are invariably front-loaded to face the view, leaving residents exposed to passers-by. To ensure privacy, fragments of volcanic rock are positioned in the windows of four rooms, interspersed with apertures that provide glimpses to the sea.

Stone walls inspired by traditional techniques, Image Courtesy © Erieta Attali

Stone walls inspired by traditional techniques, Image Courtesy © Erieta Attali

Glimpes of the view from a room, Image Courtesy © Serge Detalle

Glimpes of the view from a room, Image Courtesy © Serge Detalle

The feature echoes a local architectural technique, more commonly used for retaining walls, in which minimal amounts of mortar are used, leaving gaps between the stonework. By exposing the stones and exaggerating the spaces between them, this light-filtering screen allows privacy and ventilation and casts dappled shadows as the sun goes down.

Interior view of the suite, Image Courtesy © Serge Detalle

Interior view of the suite, Image Courtesy © Serge Detalle

Interior view of the suite, Image Courtesy © Erieta Attali

Interior view of the suite, Image Courtesy © Erieta Attali

The Villa (designed by Divercity and added to the hotel 2 years later), a 400 sq m luxury residence, keeps the radical simplicity and the organic forms of the hotel while providing a contemporary interpretation of vernacular architecture. The concept is inspired by the local natural and geological surroundings, specifically the volcano and properties of porosity. An exclusive spa area is dedicated to the well being of the guests with therapies and treatments based on volcanic ash, vines, and lava stones.

Interior view of the Villa, Image Courtesy © Serge Detalle

Interior view of the Villa, Image Courtesy © Serge Detalle

Interior view of the Villa bathroom, Image Courtesy © Serge Detalle

Interior view of the Villa bathroom, Image Courtesy © Serge Detalle

The space is articulated through a sequence of thick walls with concave openings, prismatic patterns on the floor and rock-carved furniture.The thick porous walls of the master bedroom and the Volcanic Spa are interspersed with apertures that provide glimpses from one room to another as well as the exterior view. The bespoke black and white resin floor, inspired by the stone-cobbled narrow pathways (calderimia) of Cyclades, lead the guests to the spa, where strong contrasting colours are continued into the hydro massage area.

In the restaurant, Image Courtesy © Erieta Attali

In the restaurant, Image Courtesy © Erieta Attali

Outdoor dining, Image Courtesy © Erieta Attali

Outdoor dining, Image Courtesy © Erieta Attali

The Villa, and Volcanic Spa, includes a master bedroom with lounge area, an en-suite bathroom, dressing area, show kitchen, and a guest bedroom with an en-suite bathroom. All four units lead directly onto the spacious outdoor lounge and dining area and the private swimming pool with its view to Santorini Caldera.

Nighttime view of the hotel, Image Courtesy © Erieta Attali

Nighttime view of the hotel, Image Courtesy © Erieta Attali

Image Courtesy © Divercity & Mplusm

Image Courtesy © Divercity & Mplusm

Image Courtesy © Divercity & Mplusm

Image Courtesy © Divercity & Mplusm

Image Courtesy © Divercity & Mplusm

Image Courtesy © Divercity & Mplusm

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