Athens Capital Hotel - MGallery Collection by Accor Hotels 5*
completed September 2020
Full Architectural Services
ID: MKV Design
In the center of Athens and surrounded by iconic buildings and historical monuments of the city, the new Athens Capital Hotel is a five-star luxury hotel of the MGallery Hotel Collection by Accor.
The building, located at the junction of Panepistimiou and Kriezotou streets, was built in 1959 by the architect Costas Kitsikis. to house the historic King’s Palace Hotel.
One of the initial and crucial challenges of the design team was to modernize its identity, by connecting the past with the present, respecting the architectural memory of the building, and combining contemporary design while maintaining classic and elegant lines.
The total reconstruction of the building was completed in 24 months resulting in a luxurious hotel of contemporary high-end standards hosting 158 modern rooms, 18 suites and 1 presidential suite. Every room featuring unique aesthetics of Greek symbols and designs accentuated by elegant materials.
The use of the building of a total built area of 12.700 sq.m., is converted as follows:
The central entrance of the hotel is placed into its original position along Panepitimiou Avenue, where the existing sculpture ‘Theros-Dimitra’ by Nella Golanda is showcased. The public areas are developed on the ground floor with the reception, the lobby, the bar, and the shops on Panepistimiou Street. The multipurpose hall, business center and gym are located on the first floor. Guest rooms are distributed between floors 1 to 9. The 9th floor also accommodates the hotel’s restaurant. On the top floor, the roof-top pool bar offering stunning views of the Acropolis and Lycabettus Hill has an impressive open-air infinity pool. Services and ‘Back of House’ spaces are limited on the 1st and 2nd basement to maximize the guest services and experiences.
On the exterior, facades are re-shaped in response to the new functional use and layout of the building, respecting the original principles of the building and retuning it into a more contemporary design. The three-fold horizontal division –basis, core, rooftop- is maintained. Symmetry, axiality and rhythmic repetition of the openings are proposed. The main cladding material of the facades is the off-white limestone marble Vratsa, with brush treatment and sandblasting. Along with the standardization of these morphological elements, modern elements are contrasted such as the crystal and metal parapets and the aluminum sheets which are placed on the 7th and 8th floor and in the central part of the facade of Panepistimiou Street. This section is designed based on the internal variation of the configuration of the rooms. The recessed roof is also completely covered by aluminum sheets enhancing the design approach.
The existing historic elements of the building, such as the central stairway, the roof garden, the interior atrium, are all reinstated.
The new Athens Capital Hotel-MGallery emerges as part of the architectural evolution of the area and as a new contemporary hotel of the modern metropolis. A prominent statement standing gracefully next to timeless monuments, becoming a point of reference in the city.