This thesis deals with the construction of a tourist facility at an inactive quarry in Tourla, which is located at the municipality Avlidas in Salamis. The quarry is visible from Piraeus, which is a major urban center of Greece. Due to its geographic location, it is also visible from passenger ships on their route to the port of Piraeus. That was one of the main reasons for choosing this particular location, since the islands at the gulf of Argosaronikos are becoming a primary tourism destination directly next to Athens. The proximity of the residence to Athens makes him an exceptional holiday destination since it allows spontaneous short trips, lower holiday costs, as well as quick and direct transition from the routine of everyday life into an idyllic reality-pause, in a pleasant relaxed environment.
Visually the hotel could be compared, because of its shape and position, with a screen. Our initial idea was to put a plate, which is covering the quarry and follows the inclination of the slope. As a result the hotel looks like a screen, which is fallen on the multiple levels of the quarry. This plate is raised by the steps, creating an intermediate space in which the public functions of the hotel are located.
The hotel consists of 18 floors, which start from the third step of the quarry and every three floors encounter the next quarry step. These floors include double and quadruple rooms, suites and public areas. The location of the public areas is apparent on the facade, since the removal of the mass and its relocation to the back create 4 spaces - semi-open areas for outside activities, whereas the inside part of the steps hosts the areas for the indoor activities.
Last but not least the building's circulation system consists of three uniform pillars, which extend throughout the quarry from top to the bottom. They consist of a staircase and an inclined lift and strongly remind of the railroad wagons used inside a quarry. These three elements tear the levels of the quarry and constitute the skeleton of the building which supports the whole construction.