DI: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design?
T+P : The architectural concept approaches the notions of wellbeing in temporary accommodation during summer vacations.
DI: What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve?
T+P : The creative challenge was to generate a hospitality design that is described as an experience destination. Overall, we pursued the creation of a building design, that would set up a landmark.
DI: What are your future plans for this award winning design?
T+P : We would like to spread the news and promote our work! We are delighted and thankful, because our inspiration and hard work has been acknowledged by such a prestigious and influential award as the A Design Award.
DI: How long did it take you to design this particular concept?
T+P : The architectural and design study started in April 2018 was completed in September 2018. Construction took place from October 2018 - June 2019. The suites started operating in June 2019.
DI: Why did you design this particular concept? Was this design commissioned or did you decide to pursuit an inspiration?
T+P : Our client, Mykoniatis Ilias & Co had the vision and invested in a hospitality complex of 20 suites. We thank him for his trust in bringing to life his vision.
DI: Who is the target customer for his design?
T+P : Serenity Suites lie in the Nikiti, Sithonia settlement in Chalkidiki, Greece. Chalkidiki is a very popular destination for summer vacation. The target customers for this design are people across the world, who would like to visit and explore Greece during their vacation. The interior design transforms each suite into a functional, warm and aesthetically outstanding space delivering maximum pleasure, relaxation moments and a memorable experience to the clients.
DI: What sets this design apart from other similar or resembling concepts?
T+P : The building introduces a new spatial horizon, in an area with rather monotonous views. Serenity suites complex is recognized by its unique architecture geometry.
DI: Who did you collaborate with for this design? Did you work with people with technical / specialized skills?
T+P : TAKA + PARTNERS were in charge of the architectural study & supervision, the interior design and the general supervision. Delivering this project involved collaborating with a wide range of qualified civil engineers, mechanical engineers, construction crews, furniture manufacturers and suppliers.
DI: What are some of the challenges you faced during the design/realization of your concept?
T+P : The complex consists of twenty suites developed in 3 significant and distinguishable units coupled with a swimming pool. Designing the above in a rather small plot was a great challenge. The construction of the project took place from October 2018 to June 2019. To that end, the short timescale was another challenge for the studio.
DI: How did you decide to submit your design to an international design competition?
T+P : TAKA + PARTNERS is based in Thessaloniki, Greece, but we do have projects in Europe and the Middle East. Promoting our studio’s work, as a local brand which works in a global environment involves taking part in international design competitions of high level as the A Design Award & Competition.