Project team:

Client: Andronikos Hotel

Architecture, design and lighting design: KLab architecture, Konstantinos Labrinopoulos (principal architect), Veronika Vasileiou (project architect) with Enrique Ramirez, Kostis Anagnostakis, Christina Giannoulaki

23. Jan 2017

Andronikos Hotel on Mykonos/GR.

Text: Joachim Ritter
Photos: Nikos Vandoros, Akis Paraskevopoulos

They say that the light in Greece is very special. It is the light that is responsible for the deep blue colour of the Aegean Sea. A blue that is so pure and clear, so unusual and distinctive, that it has been incorporated into the national flag. The sky and the sea are part of what the Greeks consider to be their identity and attitude to life. The Aegean is a perfect example of the term “Light Loci”.

Weaving this atmosphere, this light and these colours into hotel projects when it comes to the lighting, or using them as a basis for the design concept per se, is therefore a logical consequence. For Konstantinos Labrinopoulos from KLab architecture it is an integral part of the way he sees himself and his work – also in the broader sense. The effect and meaning of light on the one hand, and the way it is designed to blend in seamlessly with the architecture on the other. Just as daylight is at one with nature, the light in his lighting projects appears to be at one with the architecture. It is this very combination that makes his designs just that fraction more perfect and entirely convincing.

The whitest white and deep blue, purposefully combined to achieve the conceived form and effect. Blue stands for calm and infinity, evokes an air of tranquillity and restraint, and has a calming effect on our vegetative and endocrine systems. The endocrine system is the collection of glands of an organism that secrete hormones directly into the circulatory system to be communicated to target distant organs via the circulating blood or lymphatic pathways. White also has a relieving effect on stress symptoms and a positive impact on the human lymphatic system, stomach and joints. Not surprising that Greek islands lend themselves so well to people looking for rest and recuperation. Or in other words: now we can better understand why Greeks apply such a relaxing approach when coping with problems. Mykonos is one of most famous Greek islands with a population of 10,000 people that rises to 50,000 people during summertime. Mykonos has a unique natural environment full of amazing beaches, rocky hills and treeless desert-like landscape, always in relation to the sea. Vernacular architecture is also unique in Mykonos. Organic whitewashed cubes with rounded edges, curved walls that divide the landscape, and paved narrow alleys are some of the endless characteristics of Mykonian architecture that has been evolved through centuries to resist in hostile climatic conditions such as very strong winds, drought, intense sunlight and humidity.

The full version of the article can be found in PLD No. 103.

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