The arrangement of the hotel functions like a small city where public and private spaces co-exist. The Palace of Knossos is used as a reference and starting point of the design process.
The site is seen as the biggest asset of the project and bears the greatest potential for the design. The buildings and the landscape create one continuous environment with fluent connections between inside and outside
Building layout not only respects the terrain but is orientated to optimize use of sun and wind.
ATMOS – a city that breathes.
Traditional construction method (high thermal mass) allows the accumulation of solar heat during the day and the slow release of heat at night. Natural cross ventilation cools interior space. Water vapour passes over the pools and creates a pleasant micro climate. Gardens provides higher oxygen levels within the environment.
Air from the main wind direction is cooling the housing units and creates a refreshing climate at the private terraces. Natural water resources (surface runoff and rainfall) are collected to supply water for both internal building use and outdoor green space.
This resort is designed for a property on the seashore that gets optimal benefits from the salt content of the air. Maritme aerosols – especially tiny, saline particles that are airborne when the waves break – loosen secretions in the mucous membranes, assisting in the expectoration from congested bronchi. They have an anti-inflammatory effect on the skin as well. The ocean climate also has a soothing and strengthening influence on the bronchi. Ocean air consists of a high level of salt, iodine, magnesium and trace elements. This combination stimulates the immune response of the skin and respiratory organs. The circulatory system and metabolism also get a boost. With its unique design and the organic roofs of the individual chalets, the entire resort inhales the healing salt.
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