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The Dexamenes plant, once a bustling producer of currant wine, was built on the Peloponnese coastline so ships could easily dock beside it and load up from one of 20 concrete tanks. Today, thanks to the work of Athens firm K-Studio — which went to great lengths to preserve the structures’ manholes, pipes and patinated concrete — those tanks have been transformed into hotel rooms outfitted with metal light fixtures, touches of wood and terrazzo and sliding windows overlooking the sea.

In a courtyard pond, set between two rows of guest rooms, they’ve even embraced the pair of existing fermentation drums as massive sculptural installations and artifacts from the building’s past.

Team Dimitris Karampatakis, Marivenia Chiotopoulou, Giorgos Mitrogiorgis, Dimitris Sotiropoulos, Giorgos Dimitrakopoulos, Christina Stamouli and Thomai Christopoulou

People’s Choice: Adaptive Re-Use
AZ Awards 2021 Finalist: Dexamenes

The Dexamenes plant, once a bustling producer of currant wine, was built on the Peloponnese coastline so ships could easily dock beside it and load up from one of 20 concrete tanks.

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2019
Award of MeritAdaptive Re-Use
Location
São Paulo, Brazil
Firm
Studio Arthur Casas, Brazil
2022
Winner + People’s ChoiceAdaptive Re-Use
Location
Brooklyn, U.S.
Firm
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2020
Winner + People’s ChoiceAdaptive Re-Use
Location
Qinglongwu, China
Firm
Atelier tao+c,Shanghai, China