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‘Gods and Dreams resort‘: 4-Star Hotel in Epidauros

Nestled within the lush landscapes of the Peloponnese region of Greece, the “Gods and Dreams Resort” stands as an innovative architectural endeavor, celebrating the area’s rich historical significance and majestic scenery. Spread across a sprawling 20-acre plot, the resort enjoys a privileged location, boasting abundant natural vegetation and breathtaking sea views. Crafted as a series of staggered curved terraces seamlessly integrated into the local terrain, the project serves as a tribute to Greek landscapes, exploring their essence while embracing radical design concepts.

Drawing inspiration from iconic landmarks such as the Sanctuary of Asclepius at Epidaurus, renowned for its contemplative and therapeutic ambiance, as well as the morphology of ancient Greek theaters and the distinctive terraced landscapes native to the region, the studio embarked on a journey to create a unique design identity. The objective was to craft a sanctuary of relaxation and well-being that coexists harmoniously with its surroundings.

The design unfolds in layers, with a focus on establishing multiple independent rows of residences. Privacy is paramount, achieved through the thoughtful placement of individual residences separated by lush gardens, seamlessly blending into the natural landscape. Each level follows the natural slope, featuring a continuous roof-pergola that visually unites the structures into a cohesive whole, merging effortlessly with the terrain. The repetition of this architectural typology creates a “stair-like” effect reminiscent of the steps of ancient Greek theaters.

The concept of aligning private residences with the sloping terrain echoes the amphitheatric layout of ancient theaters. However, the strict curves are reimagined as abstract fluid volumes, offering diverse vistas of the sea and immersing guests in lush vegetation, evoking a sense of being enveloped by nature.

Ambient spaces are crafted through the interplay of mirror dividers and water elements, following the fluidity of the roofs. These reflections amplify the natural surroundings while maintaining a seamless connection between indoor and outdoor spaces. Additionally, organic apertures carved into the roofs allow natural light to filter into the dwellings, enriching the sensory experience and further enhancing the connection with the landscape.

The fluid composition, complemented by reflections of verdant greenery and azure skies, creates a tranquil, naturally illuminated environment that fosters a profound connection between visitors and nature, offering an unparalleled experience of serenity and rejuvenation.

project info

Architectural Office: 314 Architecture Studio
Location: Epidaurus, Greece 
Area: 20000.00 sq.m.
Lead Architect: Pavlos Chatziangelides
Architects – Design Team: Giota Chala, Eleni Zygogianni, Timotheos Kopsidas, Katerina Palantzi, Antonis Sarris, Anna Stagaki, Dimitris Panagiotou, Andrianna Triantafyllopoulou, Eirini Bouliou, Dimitra Stergiou, Alexandros Papadopoulos, Iro Dermitzaki, Harris Grivokostopoulos, Giannis Dimitrelis, Pope Papachristou, Angeliki Ragava, Giorgos Ouzounis, Alkis Vasalios, Eva Sofoulaki, Sofia Stavrou, Christina Iliopoulou, Sotiriou Aggelos, Kassiani Gioti, Katerina Tsili, Katerina Papoutsa, Elisavet Kiretsi
Structural Engineer: Foteini Karagiani
Mechanical Engineer: Stefanos Karagiannis -SKV Consulting
Developer: Sunnyland S.A.
Year of completion: under construction
Type: Hospitality