Isla Brown Corinthia, Athens Riviera Building, Greek Hotel Building Development, Greece, Architecture Images
Isla Brown Corinthia near Athens
5 Mar 2023
Design: Elastic Architects
Location: Corinthia Resort, Greece
Photos © Pygmalion Karatzas
Isla Brown Hotel, Greece
Recognised for its innovation in architectural design, Isla Brown Corinthia was designed by Greek architectural firm Elastic Architects.
International hotel collection Brown Hotels, has proudly announced that Isla Brown Corinthia, its first luxury resort designed by Greek architectural firm Elastic Architects, has been awarded the ‘Gold’ architecture prize in the ‘Hotels & Resorts’ category by the International Design Awards (IDA) 2022.
Running for 16 consecutive years, the International Design Awards (IDA) exists to recognise, celebrate and promote exceptional design visionaries and discover emerging talent in Architecture, Interior, Product, Graphic and Fashion Design worldwide. The creative vision of the team at Elastic Architects, Isla Brown Corinthia has been acknowledged by the IDA for its unique and innovative design concept that celebrates modernist architecture, with its inspiration rooted in ancient Greek mythology.
Leon Avigad, founder of Brown Hotels, said: “Whilst Brown Hotels may have grown into an international hotel collection, we still pride ourselves on having a personal, hands-on approach, and collaborate with the best local partners to maintain a local product. Working closely with Elastic Architects on the concept for Isla Brown Chania, the team of exceptional talent conceptualised my visions and created something that exceeded even my most ambitious dreams. We’re so proud to have the hotel’s design recognised by such an esteemed awards organisation”.
Isla Brown Corinthia presents a clean and contemporary aesthetic and a light-filled palette and architectural form, with the intention of the structure to appear as an extension of the landscape. Existing in its place was the former “Hanikian” hotel, which was originally built in the mid-1970’s and presented a modernist, and rectangular form. Elastic Architects worked to remodel the outdated structure, drawing inspiration from the mythological embodiment of a volcanic eruption, resulting in a contemporary and fluid form that emulates the flow of lava and has cultivated a new architectural identity on the Corinthian Gulf.
Isla Brown Chania was inspired by the northern Aegean volcanic arc and the Greek myth of the Giant Typhoeus, who resided beneath ‘Sousaki’; a craterless volcano that has laid dormant for 2.7 million years, with Typhoeus being so tall that he rose above the mountains with his head touching the stars.
This idea is rooted in the concept of Isla Brown Corinthia, with the hotel’s design intended to embody the volcanic eruption of Typhoeus, harmoniously marrying the earth with the sky through a continuation of the physical form and the vast land and sea that surrounds it. The result is a contemporary structure that manifests clean, smooth lines like pebbles stacked upon each other, with successive curved surfaces that present a sculptural effect and create a sense of movement.
Emphasising energy savings during hotel operation with a reduced energy footprint, the hotel was innovatively designed to seamlessly combine functionality, sustainability and cutting-edge aesthetics. Cohesive with the external design, the hotel’s interiors mimic these soft and fluid forms, with a curved line motif and earthy colour palette of stone, white and brown, finished with bronze detailing and tinted mirrored walls.
Raising the bar for Brown Hotels’ hospitality offering, a hotel group best known for its quirky, design-driven collection of boutique urban properties, Isla Brown Corinthia, which opened in 2022, was the first five star resort by the international hotel group. Presenting 166 stylish rooms and suites, two swimming pools, a wellness centre, rooftop bar and restaurant, private beach, water sports centre and an events space, Isla Brown Corinthia has set a new precedent for hospitality standards in mainland Greece. Continuing to expand on its beach-side offering, Brown Hotels will welcome a new addition to its Isla Brown portfolio, with the opening of Isla Brown Chania this May.
About Brown Hotels
Brown Hotels is an international hotel collection founded in 2010 by Hoteliers Leon Avigad and Nitzan Perry, and partners of Nir Waizman. With properties located in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Eilat in Israel, Trogir in Croatia and Athens, Corinthia, Chalkida, Eretria and Corfu in Greece, each hotel is rooted in devotion to service, design, innovation and authenticity. Brown Hotels evolved out of the desire to create dwellings that not only showed tourists the real culture and creativity of the city, but to also expand the nightlife and neighbourhood joints for locals. Expanding its portfolio further, Brown Hotels is set to open and operate a total of 40 hotels across Greece, and properties in Germany and Cyprus by 2024. Recommended by the world’s leading international lifestyle, design and travel publications, properties from the Brown Hotels portfolio have been featured in Vogue, The Times, Wallpaper*, Travel and Leisure, Conde Nast Traveller, National Geographic, New York Times and more.
For more information about Isla Brown Corinthia please visit https://brownhotels.com/
About ELASTIC Architects
ELASTIC is a global award-winning firm of international, diverse and talented architects and designers based in Athens, Greece with offices in London, Toronto, Dubai and Cyprus. In 2018, along with Designer Enrique Mangalindan, they founded their London based studio, ELASTIC Interiors. The firm provides architectural, interior and hardscape design services while specialising in high-end hospitality and resort mixed-use design with a variety of international and domestic projects in their portfolio and international clients, such as Aman Resorts, Janu by Aman, One & Only, Marriott, Accor, Brown Hotels, Coco-Mat, Banyan Tree and others.
Designed by Elastic Architects – https://www.elasticarchitects.com/
Photography © Pygmalion Karatzas
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