KEFALONIA – With the design of Leivatho Hotel on the island of Kefalonia in Western Greece, Athens-based architect Leonidas Papalampropoulos worked with the landscape’s physical constraints to address challenging issues such as privacy.
Papalampropoulos’ solution makes a creative and effective use of various stone retaining walls as prime design elements. The crossing wall marks the perimeter of the plot. It weaves in form to avoid existing trees and leads guests to their rooms. Meanwhile, the perpendicular wall divides the land and provides the hotel with valued screened rear patios.
Dividing the plot into parcels, the wall elements break the landscape’s continuity visually, setting essential private boundaries without compromising a fluid transition between the interior and the building’s lush natural backdrop. An angular concrete roof – shaped accordingly with the site’s topography – serves as a unifying element as it brings all large open spaces together. Inside, the walls are stripped back to reveal exposed concrete surfaces.
A sustainable approach was taken to the architectural design. Leivatho features a water recycling system, it benefits from the use of renewable solar energy and staff are involved with local environmental protection programs.
Photos courtesy of Vaggelis Paterakis