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Four Chairs And A Mirror. Hotel Xenia, Amnisos (Αμνίσος, Κρήτη) Crete.

01-07-2010 · Comments (8)
Categories: Crete  Fuji 160C  Hasselblad SWC/M  

Hotel Xenia. 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 recent days the place seems to have closed in the mid to late 90s. Every time 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.

Mama here comes midnight with the dead moon in its jaws
Must be the big star about to fall
Long dark blues
Will o the wisp
The big star is falling
Through the static and distance
A farewell transmission
Listen

Listening to: "Farewell Transmission" (Magnolia Electric Co) - Songs: Ohia

Jeff Brouws

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