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Astonishing Hotel above the Santorini Volcano, Greece

Who looks quickly think this hotel is only one more of those luxurious hotels around the world and with a beautiful view. But he is much more than that, perhaps because it is located above the famous caldera of Santorini Volcano, at Greece. That's right, a hotel over a volcano! Project by Greek architecture offices DiverCity Architects with Mplusm Architects, the Santorini Grace Hotel is an example of luxury, comfort, very functional and above all maintain basic features of Greek architecture. As the architects say "The Hotel Provider Interpretation of the contemporary vernacular architecture: economy of space, radical simplicity, and organic forms." Each photo shows the incredible beauty of this place and despite being located near a volcano can notice the peace that he conveys. To learn more about the project, check out the project page on the architects website at DiverCity Architects or Mplusm Architects. Photo by: Erieta Attali, Serge Detalle Photo by: Erieta Attali, Serge Detalle Photo by: Erieta Attali, Serge Detalle Photo by: Erieta Attali, Serge Detalle Photo by: Erieta Attali, Serge Detalle Photo by: Erieta Attali, Serge Detalle Photo by: Erieta Attali, Serge Detalle Photo by: Erieta Attali, Serge Detalle To ensure privacy, fragments of volcanic rock are positioned in the windows of four rooms, interspersed with apertures that provide glimpses to the sea. The feature echoes a local architectural technique, more commonly used for retaining walls, in which minimal amounts of mortar are used, leaving gaps between the stonework. Photo by: Erieta Attali, Serge Detalle Photo by: Erieta Attali, Serge Detalle Photo by: Erieta Attali, Serge Detalle Photo by: Erieta Attali, Serge Detalle Photo by: Erieta Attali, Serge Detalle Photo by: Erieta Attali, Serge Detalle Photo by: Erieta Attali, Serge Detalle Photo by: Erieta Attali, Serge Detalle Photo by: Erieta Attali, Serge Detalle

The Bold Building Axis Viana Hotel in Portugal

Portugal was presented with an hotel called Axis Viana Hotel, this building is a prove that architecture and enginnering can work togheter and create structures beyond the regular floor over floor. If you look at the side view you will understand what I'm talking about. This hotel has been built with materials like glass, aluminum and stone. When you see the front view it seems that it has no order in the windows, with different widths and spaces. And looking by the sides, it's like when you play with Lego, building the way you want no mather what is gonna happen. But in this case, the shape looks awesome and besides the fact of this huge pending floor, the team of engineers and architects made things happen and the building is standing up. Like David Basulto, from Archidaily said: "This Business & Spa Hotel is an ode to cantilevering". The contemporary project was designed by Jorge Albuquerque, from VHM, and is located in Viana de Castelo between the Lima's and Monte Santa Luzia's river, a few minutes from the historic center of Viana do Castelo. The Axis Viana Business & SPA Hotel, is the most recent unit of the group Axis Hotels and Golf. © Nelson Garrido © Nelson Garrido © Nelson Garrido © Nelson Garrido © Nelson Garrido © Nelson Garrido © Nelson Garrido © Nelson Garrido More at: archdaily.com Photos by: Nelson Garrido - ngphoto.com.pt