BEDROCK

Christina Loukopoulou, Iro Bertaki,  Costis Paniyiris

 

A major means of tourism’s commodification of landscape is view. Hotels, restaurants and other viewing apparatuses tend to dominate the landscape themselves, thereby visually polluting their very product, the beauty of the pristine environment. This is a hotel with rooms without view. A compact horizontal plate contains patio rooms and shades the hotel’s communal zone. From there, residents emerge to the ultimate rooftop view, to finally submerge to their individual rooms. Countering the relentless exposure of the body to the gazes and the sun, these viewless rooms offer a shaded base for rest, isolation and recharge.

Collaborating architect Thodoris Tousas, Civil engineer Manos Kyriazis

Christina Loukopoulou (Athens 1966) Diploma of Architecture, National Technical University of Athens, 1990. Master in Architecture, as a Fulbright Scholar, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, 1992.

Iro Bertaki (Athens 1966) Diploma of Architecture, National Technical University of Athens, 1990. Master in Architecture, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, 1992.

Costis Paniyiris (Athens 1965) Diploma of Architecture, National Technical University of Athens, 1990. Master in Architecture, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, 1992. Assistant Professor, Department of Architecture, University of Thessaly.

In 1994 they co-founded the Bertaki/Loukopoulou/Paniyiris architectural office in Athens. Since then, they have undertaken various public and private projects and have participated and received prizes and distinctions in several national architectural competitions. Their work has been shown and published in international architectural group exhibitions and publications.