PROLAT GOES TO ANTIPAROS!
Antiparos, a rocky island of rare natural beauty at the heart of the Cyclades, is rightly considered to be a secret paradise thanks to its quiet beaches, picturesque little bays, fairytale caves and crystal clear emerald waters. Visitors are also fascinated by its colours: the whitewashed houses, the grey cobbled alleys and the charming yards overflowing with pink bougainvilleas. Clean lines and colours reflecting the dazzling Greek sunlight, which are the dominant elements of Cycladic architectural tradition, characterize the elegantly simple house whose spacious, light and ergonomically designed interior PROLAT has successfully shown to advantage. Lavaplaster, the material chosen for all interior surfaces –floors, walls, bathrooms, staircases– is 100% Greek and bioclimatic, exhibits remarkable durability and is available in more than 150 colours. It is also worth noting that PROLAT Lavaplaster is completely waterproof and, with the use of a special varnish, ensures full protection against all kinds of staining. The choice of pale, discreet colours, such as white, whitish and grey, and the smooth, uninterrupted surfaces create an excellent final result that is aesthetically impeccable and relaxing to the eye.
PROLAT GOES TO KATAKOLO!
In Katakolo, Ileia, an idyllic area that combines mountain serenity and sea freshness, the scenic bay of Saint Andrew attracts crowds of visitors with its crystal clear waters and breathtaking sunsets. Beauvoir, the all-day beach bar of Vriniotis family named after the local Frankish castle, lies on the beautiful homonymous beach, literally by the sea, with unobstructed views of the endless blue of the Ionian Sea. The credit for its construction goes to Yiotis Karabatakis of k-studio, an internationally renowned architecture firm. PROLAT, in turn, has contributed to the creation of a particularly attractive environment exuding discreet luxury and comfort, with one of its popular quality products, LavaMosaic, which was used on the floor and the built-in couches. PROLAT LavaMosaic, a material exhibiting outstanding mechanical strength suitable for all kinds of interior and exterior floors meant for hard use, matches perfectly with wood and stone, the two dominant elements of the structure, lending it an aura of simplicity and the minimalist style that are in perfect harmony with the natural landscape.
PROLAT GOES TO OIA, SANTORINI!
Santorini, the superstar of the Cyclades, famous for its magical sunsets and rich history that connects it with fascinating ancient myths, among which the legend of lost Atlantis, boasts a plethora of luxury hotels perfectly harmonized with the unique volcanic landscape. One of the newest additions is Saint Hotel, a complex of 16 suites with private swimming pools and terraces and breathtaking views, at the edge of the picturesque village of Oia. The architectural inspiration for this impressive hotel, built in six successive tiers on the rocky slope of the caldera, is credited to Kapsimalis Architects. PROLAT undertook to cover all the exterior floors and stairs of this luxury hotel with quartz mosaic, one of its products that are widely known for their top quality and durability. Thanks to its outstanding mechanical strength and anti-slip texture, PROLAT quartz mosaic is ideal for coating all types of joint-free outdoor floors, and especially swimming pool decks. In addition, it is not affected by ordinary chemical cleaning agents and does not require maintenance. Lastly, it is available in a wide variety of colours thanks to the different colorations of the natural quartz stone and can therefore match any architectural concept and cover all exterior space requirements, guaranteeing an excellent aesthetic result.
PROLAT GOES TO PAROS!
In Paros, one of the most beautiful and fertile Cycladic islands, famous for its fine white marble and endless sandy beaches, building lines and colours have been clearly influenced by the austere landscape, which is dominated by the dazzling sun and the meltemi winds, and love for tradition. PROLAT has left its mark on a spacious and functional private house that combines the best elements of Cycladic architecture with all the comforts of contemporary life, using two of its most popular products: quartz mosaic and Lavaplaster. Quartz mosaic was used for outdoor floor coating; it is a particularly durable anti-slip material that is not affected by chemical cleaners and does not need maintenance, which makes it ideal for surfaces exposed to rough use and harsh weather conditions. For interior floors and bathrooms, PROLAT chose Lavaplaster, an eco-friendly, natural and bioclimatic material, which, in addition, is totally waterproof. Quartz mosaic and Lavaplaster are two top quality and easy to use products of PROLAT that offer an exceptional aesthetic result plus excellent durability, thus meeting all modern construction requirements.
PROLAT GOES TO AKROTIRI, SANTORINI!
Santorini, an enchanting Cycladic island with a fascinating ancient history and the most stunning sunsets in the world, is strewn with beautiful villages, such as Akrotiri, which is famous for the prehistoric settlement excavated there and its Venetian tower. Akrorama is a modern luxury complex built in a unique landscape of wild natural beauty; it consists of a private villa and three fantastic suites with breathtaking views over the Aegean blue and the caldera. PROLAT, using the natural paint Lavapaint on the walls of all the rooms, once more contributed decisively to the creation of a relaxing, welcoming and pleasant environment. Lavapaint, which is suitable both for interior and exterior walls and available in a rich variety of colours, is particularly practical, as it can be easily applied to any smooth surface and, thanks to a special impregnation varnish, can become completely waterproof and remain unaltered over time. Apart from its practical value, this exquisite product guarantees an amazing aesthetic result with an attractive texture and a refreshing natural sense created by its harmonious striations and shadings, as clearly shown in the pictures. These advantages of Lavapaint natural paint, coupled with its very economical price, make it an ideal solution for private residences, tourist installations and workplaces.
PROLAT GOES TO COCOMAT JUMELLE!
Can one find a little corner of tranquillity and ensure a pleasant and quiet stay at the heart of a chaotic and densely populated European metropolis like Athens? Cocomat Jumelle Hotel in Kolonaki proves that yes, it is possible. Thanks to its central location, it combines the advantages of easy access to significant sights, monuments, museums and markets and the ability to discover a city that never sleeps plus all the comforts and luxury of a modern, cosmopolitan hotel. PROLAT, with its rich experience and one of its most widely recognized products, has added its bit here too. PROLAT Lavaplaster, which was used for covering the walls and roof in the garden and the heated pool, and the selection of “concrete board” style have contributed decisively to the creation of an attractive environment where finesse and elegance coexist with the simplicity and clean lines of the industrial style of decoration. The quality materials of PROLAT always set off to advantage any space, guaranteeing not only practical usefulness and durability but also aesthetic perfection.
PROLAT GOES OUT ON THE BALCONY!
In a country with a Mediterranean climate and lots of sunny days like Greece, balconies and terraces are much more important and useful than in the colder and rainier western and northern countries, as they are essentially an extension of the usable space of a residence or shop. PROLAT has coated the floor of a spacious penthouse balcony in Petralona, Athens, with quartz mosaic. PROLAT quartz mosaic, an anti-slip material unaffected by chemical cleaning agents, exhibits outstanding mechanical strength and does not require maintenance, which makes it ideal for such outdoor floors. It is available in a wide variety of colours and the absence of joints makes the space look bigger, which is why the aesthetic dimension of the final result fully meets even the most demanding expectations.
PROLAT GOES TO MIKRA, KALAMARIA!
In Mikra, Kalamaria, one of the less central but easily accessible residential zones of Thessaloniki with modern houses, recreation and sport centers, AP Domiki Construction Company, in cooperation with the municipal authorities, has created a beautiful park that is indeed a little oasis of peace and good taste both for the locals and for visitors. One of the best features of the new park are the wide and smooth paths unfolding in the midst of the green grass. PROLAT has applied ready stabilized ceramic floor to these paths, as it is perfect for all outdoor spaces, such as yards, tracks, pedestrian areas, garden surfaces, etc. It is an absolutely eco-friendly and bioclimatic material characterized by a remarkably natural-looking and aesthetically pleasing appearance. It is an ideal alternative to concrete and at the same time an economical and advantageous solution in comparison with other floor types. It is worth noting that the final surface is ceramic – earthen, “compact”, and also comfortable for walking. As to its particularly attractive colour, it is due to the ground natural tiles and various pebbles contained. Another product of PROLAT that combines high quality, practical value and a low price.
PROLAT GOES TO RETZIKI!
In Retziki, a true little paradise at the northern edge of the Greek co-capital, long famous for its unique natural beauty and favourable climate, thanks to which it gradually developed into a resort area with lots of country houses and villas, PROLAT, with its quality products and in cooperation with ANADOMO Construction Company, had the chance to contribute to the creation of a particularly tasteful and functional private residence. The outdoor floor was coated with quartz mosaic, a material with outstanding mechanical strength that does not even require maintenance. PROLAT chose the same material, which also happens to be anti-slip, for interior and exterior pool surfaces. Natural paint, guaranteeing an attractive appearance that remains unaltered through time, was used on the walls of the house. Finally, for the bathrooms, PROLAT chose one of its best-known products, Lavaplaster, an exceptionally hard-wearing and perfectly waterproof material available in 150 colours. The final result fully satisfies even the most demanding tastes!
PROLAT GOES TO THE BRIDGE OF PLAKA!
Arch stone bridges scattered all over mainland Greece are inseparably interwoven not only with Greek traditional architecture but also with local and national history, as shown by the countless folk songs and legends linked with them. The arch stone bridge of Plaka, about 50 km from the city of Ioannina, was built over Arachthos River, in a breathtakingly beautiful landscape, on the site of an older bridge that was destroyed in 1860. It was the largest single-arch bridge in the Balkans and the third largest one in Europe, as it was 21 meters high and 71 meters long, with an arch span of 40 meters. In 1863 it was built from scratch with a grant of Dimitrios Arvanitoyannis from the nearby village of Pramanta, but it collapsed again shortly after its formal inauguration. It was reconstructed in 1866 and the cost, which amounted to 170,000 piastres, was covered by the banker Ioannis Loulis and donations from the local communities. Unfortunately, in 2007, the bridge collapsed almost entirely due to heavy rains and in February 2015 what remained of the central part collapsed and was washed away by a flash flood. The government responded immediately and the National Metsovian Technical University of Athens undertook to design and plan the restoration of the historical bridge. Nirikos Techniki SA and Iliopoulos Bros General Partnership are cooperating in this awesome construction project, which is already underway, while PROLAT contributes the materials needed. The restoration of this historical monument, which is considered to be one of the greatest challenges in the technical construction sector worldwide, proceeds based on the specifications of the original materials of the old bridge. The materials used for the reconstruction are the certified products of PROLAT used by the archaeological services for plasters and grouting. Several local masons and stone hewers contribute their valuable experience, giving stones the desirable form and shape with their hammers and chisels, to ensure a final result as close as possible to the original structure. PROLAT feels greatly honoured to participate in the reconstruction of this emblematic bridge and is proud to have a hand in the materialization of such a momentous project by contributing its quality materials.