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Published on Jun 3, 2009


Nikolas Travasaros &
Dimitris Travasaros / Dimitris Panagiotou-Ntounis / Elena Stavraki

The hotel is articulated upon the key moment when you submit your identification card at the reception. You are then permitted to access a room and thus a new identity. A transition takes place, from the everyday configuration to a new condition of relative anonymity. This transition allows the participation to a series of events related to the extraordinary, the excessive and the deviating.
The programmatic agenda of the hotel includes illicit activities that do not belong to the ones of the everyday scope. The activities that we choose to repulse from our familiar perception, find their spatial expression in the hotel. The room being the elementary cell of the hotels organisation, hosts unexpected acquaintances. The lobby covers illegal transactions. The restaurant offers the experience of unusual luxury. The casino not only promises to fulfill the hidden desire for quick profit but offers the necessary portion of adrenaline that comes with gambling. The cabaret allows for a temporary displacement towards the ecstacy of lust.
The hotel seeks for its space at the perimeter of the metropolis, where the city repulses its parasitic activities. It detects the overflowing illicit atmosphere in the region of Loutraki and intrudes into the Isthmos Canal. It occupies a non-place, an area marked on no map, a gap that emerged from the successive breaking of the north side of the Canal. It is inserted in the vertical crack, within a natural discontinuity of the landscape and begins to look for the space needed for the development of its program. Being aware of the fact that it represents a threat to the legitimate function of the area, it remains hidden in the interior of the crack. Its existence is a contaminating act for the surroundings. First, it shapes its skin by completing the landscape. Its corrosive proccess begin then on the surface of the rock.
Its technique resembles to the procedure of a prosthetic surgery operation: the landscape is subjected to a series of successive cuts and additions, incessant mutations and reinforcements. A hybrid landscape emerges from the recurring interventions. Its tentative nature marks the begginning of the creation of the hotel imagery.
The hotel has found its space, becomes aware of its power and broadens its boundaries. The cells are being reproduced. The rooms spread through the articulated tentacles that hold out to the opposite shore. The process appears to have temporarily been consolidated when the three tentacles are hooked at the opposite boundary of the Canal.
Its expansion in the landscape has begun rendering the process non revertible.-

Invisible hotel exhibition was produced and sponsored by Vassilios P Bartzokas and Carteco and was curated by architect Memos Philippidis.


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