campana brothers: new hotel athens
campana brothers: new hotel athens campana brothers: new hotel athens
aug 29, 2011

campana brothers: new hotel athens

campana brothers: new hotel athensimage © designboom



located 200 meters from syntagma (constitution) square, the most central part of athens, greece, the ‘new hotel athens’ has recently opened its doors. dakis joannou, owner of yes! hotels, has chosen the brazilian design-duo campana brothers (humberto and fernando campana) to reinterpret the former olympic palace hotel that was originally built in 1958 by architect iasonas rizos. the design process took the form of a workshop together with design and architecture students from university of thessaly.

using unexpected combinations of found objects, materials and fabric off-cuts, the campana brothers created a vocabulary of design, giving poetry to everyday objects. with this renovation project, the brothers joined together the charm of ancient athens with modern amenities, keeping some of the original features of the building and recycling furniture pieces of the former hotel, while adding their handmade chairs and lamps — a blend of art, sculpture and design.


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the hotel rooms washbasin with mirrored surface assimilate a rock or a diamond.


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‘favela’ chair by campana brothers for edra image © designboom




there are three different room types that reflect the athenian culture. the ‘karagiozis’ room (turkish meaning ‘dark eye’) is decorated with figures of the ‘karagoiozis’ – a traditional shadow puppet of greek folklore theatre. the second room type embraces the ‘evil eye’, a superstitious bead that guards against bad omens, and the third displays historic post cards giving visitors insight into old athens.


‘karagiozis’ room image © designboom


‘karagiozis’ figures image © designboom


balcony with re-edited thonet chairs image © designboom




part of the project was to re-create existing chairs – here shown the thonet chairs with additional upholstery.


‘post card’ room image © designboom




a collage of postcards shows images and photographs of old athens.


close-up of the postcards on the wall image © designboom

‘evil eye’ room image © designboom


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the room is divided by a two-sided mirror, leading to the bathroom image © designboom


bathroom with diamond shaped washbasin image © designboom


spa bathroom – the washbasin is made of marble, illuminated from the inside image © designboom


reception area / main entry of the hotel image © designboom




the workshop group created furniture, producing samples and prototypes whilst exploring methods and techniques associated with the campanas style: reusing and reinterpreting local material and culture. the favela wall incorporates memories and recollections of the former hotel – parts of doors and furniture pieces decorate the walls of the reception area.


‘favela wall’ in the reception area image © designboom


detail of favela wall – original furniture pieces and lamps from the former hotel image © designboom


restaurant and cafe image © designboom


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home-made pastries and fresh, local fruits and vegetables are served daily. the in-house cafe and restaurant is also open to the public during the day.


breakfast buffet image © designboom



the buffet with local fruits and vegetables freshly served from the market.


room entry image © designboom


mirror ceiling image © designboom


original staircase image © designboom


lounge with ‘favela’ chairs image © designboom


business lounge and conference area image © designboom

  • loved it! Wish someone would rip out the lcd screens. They just don’t belong says:
  • Veeery cool and glamour!!! So chic, I will take a breakfast there!! I like it.

    Dario says:
  • …and it increases local employment rates. “mountain of wood” areas seem to require at least 3+ extra personnel with specialist dusting skills. awesome!

    nobody says:
  • Bom, Irmãos Campana, devo dizer-vos que Desconstructivismo teve a sua época na Arquitectura e no Design.
    No entanto, a Vossa onda de reciclagem é já demasiadamente “hi-ending product” e tendencialmente “hi-tech recicling”.
    Em tudo o contrário do Design – inclusivé na sistematização – que, desta forma é não mais que “HandCraft” (Manofactura) – o contrário do princípio básico do Design – Uma pena.
    Além disso, quando o Design salta para o revestimento é decoração e quando salta para a organização do espaço é arquitectura – Cuidado com essas fronteiras.

    António Mota says:
  • horrible

    mariano says:
  • je trouve cet hôtel merveilleux et le travail des frères Campana toujours novateur avec ‘le must’ ce clin d’oeil qui déconstruit ce qui pourrait paraître trop sérieux.

    Nicole grattepanche says:
  • decadente….!!!!

    astón says:
  • some designers for sure believe that anything “different” or “new” is “impressive design” or “art”. In one hand architects forget what architecture means; constructing with principles and on the other hand product designers forget all about the product needs and what they are solving; the need of well designed space-furniture-thing or the need for a glamorous photo in a design magazine!

    nikolas says:

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