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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
Tilburg, the Netherlands
Firms
Civic Architects (the Netherlands), Braaksma & Roos Architectenbureau (the Netherlands), Inside Outside (the Netherlands) and Mecanoo (the Netherlands)
2022
Award of MeritAdaptive Re-Use
Location
Pamplona, Spain
Firm
Arrova | Atelier Rojo-Vergara, Spain
2022
Award of MeritAdaptive Re-Use
Location
Toronto, Canada
Firm
Diamond Schmitt, Canada