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Kefalonia Eco Retreat
Kefalonia Eco Retreat
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heinrich lorenzen Tina Lymberis
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Kefalonia Eco Retreat

Project Type

Rural, Commercial, Demonstration

Project Summary

Low carbon permaculture influenced organic rural retreat and spa

Project Description

The Project Team propose to create an Eco Spa operation that utilises natural resources drawn from the North East region of Cephalonia. The main construction area will be centred on the region of Sami.

There are three main reasons for developing in this area:

  1. Proximity to Karavomilos - therefore ability to investigate unique waterflow through island and potentially harness -

a)     Waterflow for use in water turbine

b)    Water for use in spa facilities

c)     Information/data regarding the phenomenon for a larger research based project

  1. Amount of available virgin land for development
  2. Proximity to established boutique resorts such as Fiskardo and the isle of Ithaca


The development will be constructed using local resources and will incorporate a low carbon low impact approach. Materials will be drawn from the local environ where possible and reclaimed materials will be used if no natural resource is available.

There is a strong likelihood that rammed earth, earth tile and timbrel vault construction techniques will be employed. The Project Team have extensive experience working with these techniques and materials - the proposed lead architect Issy Benjamin has previously designed successful projects such as Pines Calyx.

The development will be fully self sufficient utilising:

- Clean tech system to provide heat/hot water, cooling and power

- A unique waste program delivered through a '5 R' approach:

  1.                               i.        Refuse/Rethink
  2.                              ii.        Reduce
  3.                             iii.        Reuse
  4.                             iv.        Recycle
  5.                              v.        Respond/react/reward

- Local produce provided through organic farm network/cooperative - permaculture based operation that provides the soft landscape option for the whole development.

- Electric vehicle infrastructure for transportation option

- Localised employment regime with associated training programme for sustainable skills, including a partnered programme to develop a cooperative/ sustainable construction skills network. Creation of local permaculture network to encourage use of permaculture throughout region.




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