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AGROTOURISM CENTRE
AND TIMBER FRAMED RESTAURANT, MARONIA

development of tourist and 
archaeological sites at Ismaros,Thrace

The restaurant-belvedere, perched on the slope above the sandy beach of the Thracian Sea, at Kangeli, Maroneia, is a small part of the broader architectural study entitled ‘Exploitation of the Mt Ismaros area’, which was compiled for the Prefecture of Rhodope in the years 1988-91. It is, however, the only individual project in the design which has been realised, some ten years after the original planning. It has enclosed spaces of a total area of approximately 1000 m². The project clearly makes reference to the age-long tradition of the locality in the wooden constructions which are laid out on a stone substructure. The traditional-style settlement of Maroneia has preserved many such mansions. At the same time, the obvious affinity of the local architecture with the tradition of Constantinople have inspired the design of the building - in typology, morphology and construction. The early yialia-belvederes of the Bosporus have lent the red paint to the wooden surfaces of the work, a necessary dark coating to protect the wood from the rays of the sun. The modern era has been inscribed on the work by the oblong metal window-frames, the steel girders and the technology of the composite timber. The turn of the axis of organisation of the spaces gives to the sui generis ‘sahnisi’ (covered balcony) precisely the visual angle for contemplation of the Byzantine fortifications of the port of Maroneia and characterises the spaces: the refreshment bar in the enclosed balcony, the restaurant on the middle, and the semi open-air bar on the bottom level, with direct access from the sandy beach.

2001

client
Rodope Prefecture

project team
Y. Kizis, Iliona Outram (1990)
M. Raftopoulou (2000) 

civil engineer
Ch. Fourniotis Pavlatos, 
M. Chronopoulos (1990)
E. Tsakanika (2000)

construction
ORION - P. Fotiadis

timber construction  
Touliatos bros

copper roof
D. Koutsourakis “THESMOS”