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Non-functional Seating Arrangements. Hotel Xenia, Amnisos, Crete.

13-11-2009 · Comments (12)
Categories: Crete  Hasselblad SWC/M  Kodak Ektar  

OK, another from the wonderful Motel Xenia and more from my recent trip and the access I gained to new areas. 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 still 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. I have no idea how long it has been empty nor how long it will be before they level the site. 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

Hally Pancer

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