The research subject regards the “Xenia” hotel in Andros built in 1959 by Aris Konstantinidis. The internationally recognized architect with his philosophical architecture and unsatisfied spirit, created a number of studies and projects, samples of exceptional architectural approach, centering on man and landscape.
Of the greatest contributions was in Hellenic Tourism Organization where he designed and tested “Xenia” hotels, built throughout the country, on the decades of ’60 and ’70, constituting the largest chain of public tourism infrastructure in our country. Built on the most current and characteristic points, having offered small-capacity accommodation, but were of great architectural quality.
The “Xenia” hotel in Andros, called “Triton”, is the first one of Aris Konstantinidis for Hellenic Tourism Organization. With particular morphological features, followed mainly the principals of modern movement having placed integration issues in the local community.
The research emphasizes not only to the morphology of the building, the organization of spaces and their limits, the formation of its facades, but also to the construction of the hotel, the materials and colors.
Its abandonment, since 1999, and the immediate proximity to the sea have caused serious damage, both in its structure and the other components with result the risk of the building.
The declaration of a listed newest monument raises concerns not only for its own utilization but the rest of “Xenia” hotels too, as well as their viability today.