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Old cretan coffee shop
On this effort of designing an old traditional coffee shop. We tried to incorporate everything a visitor would have as a mesmerized picture of a traditional cretan village. An aqueduct a stone built house as it was back then. And many other small detailes that help you imagine a different era.
A bit of history...
. 16th, 17th, 18th, century Crete.
Mainly occupided by forgein forces... Crete as an island is cut off from the main land of Greece, with no roads. Heavy occupation by turks and venetians and lack of economical growth once again... The citizens of the island live through agricalture.
Lack of money and materials, Cretan population was building with stones.
Easy to find, very hard and steardy (earthquake environment) and with a known techique combining stone, wood and asbestos with clay (grandfather of cement) since minoan civilization 6 BC) Have managed to build houses usually of 1 or 2 rooms.
Since animals were in indicator of wealth. People and livestock lived together usual goats, pigs and sheeps.
The architectural simple rectangular room, with small openings for protection against any conqueror, usually with metal bars. Arches for supporting the roof and the second room would always be added after the complition of the 1st one, the 3rd after the second and so on.
The washroom would always be outside the house but attached to the property.
A well, a brick oven, a stone sink and a pergola for the long hot cretan summers, sums up the description of a cretan house.
A store depending the occupation of the owner would sometimes be attached to the house.
Traditional coffee shops would offer coffee and or alcohol of the time and some food. Possibly some items of a convinence store and maybe a bed for travelers.
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