Two projects completed by London-based interior design practice MKV Design, which specialises in the luxury international hotel and resort sector, have recently won international awards.
The Romanos, a luxury collection resort at Costa Navarino, has been awarded Favourite Overseas Leisure Hotel: Europe, Asia Minor and the Russian Federation at the Condé Nast Traveller Readers Travel Awards 2011.
It is the first Greek hotel to win this award since it was established by Condé Nast Traveller in 1998. With interiors created by MKV Design, The Romanos is part of Navarino Dunes, the first completion in a 20-year long vision to create an environmentally sustainable destination in the Mediterranean – Costa Navarino.
Its location in the Messinia province of Greece, a land of legend, history and hospitality, influenced MKV’s design. The in/out experience is everything at The Romanos. Public and private spaces flow from open terrace levels to shaded terraces, then into interior spaces that are open to the views, followed by indoor areas that are intimate or closed.
The organic materials used refer to ancient Greek culture within a contemporary context. Local stone and timber, bronze and linens mix with modern furniture and fittings to create spaces that have been planned to ensure maximum delight and comfort for guests.
“Leisure travellers do not want to live history, but rather to sense it within a contemporary experience; so, working from the architect’s master plan, we have sought to invent the soul of Navarino Dunes in a way that is relevant today,” said Maria Vafiadis, founder, MKV Design.
Another project by MKV Design, Eléa Estate has recently won the overall Best European Golf Development and Best European Leisure Development titles in the 2011 International PropertyAwards.
As five-star winners in the Cyprus Awards of both Best Cypus Golf Development and Best Leisure Development, Eléa Estate was automatically entered into the overall European’s BestAwards against winners from other countries.
At the very heart of Eléa is the golf clubhouse with interiors created by MKV Design. Again, blurring the lines between indoor and outdoor spaces was an important aspect of the design. Inspired by traditional Mediterranean architecture, the clubhouse uses several terraces and balconies with panoramic views leading across the greens and down to the shoreline.
In the double-height reception room, sliding glass doors mix with the exterior environment by drawing the landscape into the space. Simplicity of form and natural materials were an integral aspect to MKV‟s design of the clubhouse.