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Hotel Xenia, Amnisos (Αμνίσος, Κρήτη) Crete.

10-04-2010 · Comments (8)
Categories: Crete  Hasselblad SWC/M  Kodak Ektar  

OK, another from the wonderful Motel Xenia. This is from a trip late last year and some new areas I managed to gain access to. The place is in a pretty sorry state inside so finding pleasing angles wasn't without its challenges. I would have loved to explore this place just after it closed. Still, I'm pleased that it is still standing and has secrets to reveal to me. The majority of the shots on this trip were taken in the kitchens and the dining/recreational areas.

Located in Amnisos (Αμνίσος, Κρήτη) Crete, it was designed by the architect Άρης Κωνσταντινίδης (Aris Konstantinidis) (1913-1993). He was born in Athens and studied architecture in the Technical University of Munich from 1931 to 1936, where he came into contact with the architectural concept of the Modern Movement. He returned to Greece in 1936 and worked for the Town Planning Department of the city of Athens and for the Ministry of Public Works. He was appointed to the head of the Workers Housing Organisation from 1955 to 1975 and as the head of the Technical Service of the Greek National Tourism Organisation from 1957 to 1967, where he planned and oversaw the construction of a series of workers' houses and of hotels.

Today the motel just seems to sit and decay beautifully. From what I found in r ecent days the place seems to have closed in the mid to late 90s. Everytime I return I expect it to be levelled! It's situated right on the beach front so one would think prime building land given that it is only about 15 minutes from the airport. I have even managed to find a decent aerial view of the place. So here is a map of the Motel Xenia. The cross shaped building is the centre of the complex. The whole series can be seen if you pop over to Flickr.

She'll come, she'll go. She'll lay belief on you
Skin sweet with musky oil
The lady from another grinning soul

Cologne she'll wear. Silver and Americard
She'll drive a beetle car
And beat you down at cool Canasta

Listening to: "Lady Grinning Soul" (Aladdin Sane) - David Bowie

Antoine D'Agata

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