The concept of our thesis was the outcome of our personal experiences and our personal involvement with structures in Volos. It all started with a walk at Volos seaside, during which we approached the Galaxy Hotel where we met some engineers talking to the hotel owners. The hotel had stopped operating for over 12 years and the image of the interior was an image of sadness and sudden abandonment. There was still coffee in the cups, open magazines on the tables, the breakfast buffet was ready but abandoned, dead and alive birds everywhere, meticulously made beds, folded towels and still throwing curtains.
Everything in place, as if calling our senses to feel the hospitality. The furniture and equipment of the hotel would be transferred to landfills, but with our intervention and consultation with the owners they were transferred to public benefit institutions in Volos. Our active participation in the donation process, brought us close to people with limited kinetik and sensory abilities.
We decided to totally redesign and create a five senses awakening hotel, in a way that each and every guest would feel and accept this hospitality invitation. We chose this very building of Galaxy hotel, which was designed and built in 1969, as a six-floor construction with dense columns and beams. The first challenge was to let the space breathe and then to offer the visitor the opportunity to receive different and intense stimulations.
Seductive gardens with internal openings and a spacious open platform for vertical movement took the place of large quantities of old concrete which was removed. The gardens are made up of many different types of rustling with the wind plants that provoke all five senses. Plants that attract or repel the touch, whose smell is etching in the memory, plants beautiful and plants that challenge you to taste them.