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 settlement itself.
The positioning of the property 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.
The unique architectural feat that is KOIA is thus inextricably linked to the history and heritage of Kos island, in a way that it seamlessly blends into the landscape. It acts like a bridge between eras and provides a window into the way of life of the island’s ancestry.