Cave-like wooden hotel features a thousand pieces of hand-cut spruce
June 16, 2020 | 12:15 pm CDT
GREECE - More than 1,100 hand-cut spruce wood panels line the walls of Greece's Wooden Cave hotel, located 3,600 feet above sea level off the slopes of the country's Mount Kyllini.
Each suite is split in half design-wise. The rear-half is primarily made of curved wood and is made to feel like a protective outer shell - similar to the walls of a cave. The other half is designed to be more inviting, featuring a more linear and traditional design.
"This division intends to create a clear distinction between the hard, 'protective' shell and the curved, 'inviting' interior, reminiscent of the form of a cave that has been used as a refuge and a haven throughout human existence," the architects say.
Tenon Architecture used an algorithmic program to plan the layout of every spruce piece. The wood was then cut to size on-site by the studio's lead architects Apostolos Mitropoulos and Thanos Zervos.
Pieces were then put together to make 55 modules, which were shaped and smoothed by hand.
"The absence of any digital fabrication methods in the construction resulted in the adoption of a more sculptural approach towards the final form," the architects continued.
Many of the room's other elements, like the cupboards and floor, were built with knotless pinewood.
Check out the studio's website for more images and information.
Photos by Spyros Hound Photography.

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