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Funky Friday: The New Hotel in Athens Gets Funky With Recycled Materials

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  Site Where: 16, Filellinon Str, Athens, Greece, 10557
August 1, 2014 at 3:30 PM | by | ()

At New Hotel, old scrap materials get a second life and come back as, what else, trees.

Welcome to Funky Friday, a new segment we’re trying out which features one photo that we think singularly expresses a hotel’s inner psyche. We look for, and often find, a lot of wacky, wild and wondrous designs that seem to have one thing in common: a Type A personality. So why not have a bit of fun as we all wrap up our week by taking a quick look at some hotels that quite frankly, want our attention.

Occasionally we come across a hotel that takes the concept of adaptive reuse to new heights, literally. The New Hotel in Athens is a great example of recycling materials in a fun and funky way, and we think it deserves a little close-up look in Funky Friday. The New Hotel is one of five properties in the Athens based Yes! Hotels collection, self-described as: Young Enthusiastic Seductive. That's enough to get our attention right there.

The hotel's interiors were designed by Brazilian siblings Fernando and Humberto Campana, and what a debut for their first hotel project. The Campana brothers have brilliantly rounded up piles of scrap wood material, mostly from the former Olympic Palace Hotel. Drawing inspiration from history-entrenched Athens and the local urban vibe as seen through design students, the eco-conscious Campanas have put these and other materals to very creative use.

Throughout the lobby, bar, and dining areas, walls and columns are dressed up—well, covered up—with these handy leftovers that still had plenty of life left in them. Sustainable design like this shows ingenuity and is cool to look at, with the added benefit of reducing landfills.

One of the interesting design features using these wooden remnants is shown in the photo above, in the New Taste restaurant. The concept of creating tree-like appearances from interior columns is not new and was popular in mid-century design. In this case the wood chips are symbolically going back to where they came from, as trees. We think it’s clever and effective.

New Hotel offers 79 rooms and suites which also have eco-conscious features such as bamboo floors, furniture of recycled materials, and plenty of natural daylight.

Rates from €128

[Photo: New Hotel]

Archived Comments:

nice design, shame about the staff

Tried to stay here once. Got stranded at Athens airport. Colleague called the hotel and got a decent rate for strandees. Took taxi to hotel. At check in suddenly the rate was double, "we made a mistake on the phone and no we can't honour that price". I booked another place on Hotwire for half the price and they told me it was unsafe to go there and I should just stay with them. It wasn't unsafe, it was lovely. Took the New off my must stay.