KOIA Architecture of the Ancient Doric Hexapolis

KOIA Resort is a design 5-star hotel on Kos island inspired by an iconic form of ancient Greek architecture. The location of the property, situated on a cascading hill, has been developed with the vision to become an observatory of one of the most important Commonwealths of Antiquity, the Doric Hexapolis. Kos island was once part of this federation of six states of Doric origin and so the layout of KOIA borrows the structural characteristics of these historical castle-states, in terms of architecture and design as well as in terms of the flow of movement through the property itself.

The positioning of the KOIA is right in the center of the geometric triangle formed between three of the six cities of the Doric Hexapolis: Kos, Halicarnassus and Knidos. Kerameikos Gulf stretches out opposite the property, offering soul-rich sea visuals onto the coast of Asia Minor with the most beautiful beach of the Mediterranean in the background. It is the beach otherwise known as Cleopatra’s beach where legend has it Cleopatra chose to stop for a swim upon seeing it while on her journey sailing from Egypt to Rome.

This design 5-star hotel in Kos is a unique architectural feat, inextricably linked to the history and heritage of the island, seamlessly blending into the landscape. It acts like a bridge between eras and provides a window into the way of life of the island’s ancestry.

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KOIA logo inspiration

KOIA is inextricably linked to Kos, but also to the actual setting in which the property is located. The main inspiration for the logo was the morphology of the topological landscape itself, whereby a particular curve is distinguishable. KOIA’s logo applies this curve and makes it a highly recognizable shape that forms its foundation. The architecture of KOIA follows this interesting territorial topology, since harmony with the landscape it resides in is a crucial factor of the resort’s concept. The frame in which the topographical schematic is placed symbolizes a window or even a threshold into a separate world, once it is crossed. In the color version of the logo, the colours of blue and terracotta brown reflect the sea and land, as key elements of the location while the design lines convey an effect reminiscent of the waters found in marble, a rock that has been mined in Kos since ancient times.