Hotel “Palirria”, built in the 1960s on the beach of Chalkis, on Euboea island, consists of a basement, ground floor and six additional floors.
The hotel has a “U” shape plan view and on the inside it features a spacious atrium.
In 2002, it was decided to partially renovate it in order to accommodate the ever-growing tourism and the visitors in the then-upcoming Olympic Games in Athens in 2004.
The interventions had to be done in such a way that the rooms of the hotel, which are located completely on the three facades of the hotel, should not be affected at all by the interventions.
The architectural redesign provided new stairwells and staircases, new elevators on the atrium and larger conference rooms.
From a static point of view, the goal was to make the hotel completely earthquake resistant as it is in a seismic prone area and to restore the foundation to the seaside face of the building against differential settlements.
The statics and earthquake-resistance design proposed and finally implemented, limited the interventions mostly at the atrium.
There, the interior facades could be removed and a new reinforced concrete “load-bearing” structure could be built.
The new structure consists of reinforced concrete cores, properly founded in the basement floor, and are perfectly connected to the building.
The new “load-bearing” structure is located approximately at the center of the building and completely undertakes the seismic actions, so that no further strengthening of other elements is required, except for the jacketing of certain columns with steel sheet.
The statics interventions are perfectly combined with the architectural design of Nikos Ktenas and led to the desired result easily and quickly.
On the first floor of the hotel wing towards the sea, a new hall was designed, which required the removal of the internal columns.
For this purpose, wall-like beams were built on the second floor to support the overlying five-storey columns.
Then the three inner pillars on the first floor were removed through uninterrupted cement cut.