Hotel in Samos, Greece wins Best Architecture in Europe award

Casa Cook Samos’ new resort in Greece has been applauded for its architecture and won the Hotel Design Awards 2022 during a ceremony that took place at the 196+ forum in Milan, organized by PKF hospitality.

Open since May 2022 on the Greek island of Samos, Casa Cook Samos is the latest addition to the popular Casa Cook range of boutique hotels owned by Fosun Tourism. Located near the town of Pythagoreio, the 128-room adults-only retreat offers the brand’s laid-back luxury.

According to an announcement, the jury referenced the hotel design company’s vision of maintaining the essence of a Samian villagebut with a modern interpretation, like a winning look.

The complex’s design was implemented by the Athens-based architectural firm Block 722, using mostly local building and furnishing materials.

Inspired by traditional Greek houses, or Kamares, found in Samian villages, the hotel’s architecture is down-to-earth and inclusive. The historic concept of a Greek village has been embodied in the modern space, where the hotel’s infinity pools act as the hub of each little ‘neighborhood’ within the hotel.

“Incorporating local cultural elements into the design style of our modern hotel is a key part of our brand philosophy, and Casa Cook Samos has taken this to the next level,” said Fosun’s Vice President. Tourism Group, owner of the brand, Alessandro Dassi.

A total of 15 hotel nominations, from nine European countries, were submitted for the award. To determine the winning hotels, the jury examined the originality of the architecture and design concept, the associated architectural quality of the building and the facade and the interior design.

“This award is the result of a massive team effort that would not have been possible without the dedication and support of the owning company, Velos Tourism,” said Dassi.

The 196+ Milan forum takes place during the Salone del Mobile world fair. Investors, developers, real estate companies, hotel operators, consultants and architects from all over Europe come together to exchange and discuss the views of the hotel industry. The forum took place on June 6 at Officina Ventura 14.

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