The Cocoon House of Kalessi (a City Hostel named as “The cocoon”)

If you decide to visit Soufli, you will be impressed by the “bitziklikia”, the cocoon houses of the early 20th century that were used for the rearing of silkworms which flourished in this area. The Cocoon House is a typical example that now is considered as a public property and serves as a city hostel. The building was constructed in 1850; it consists of three floors with total dimensions of ​​490 sq.m.  and it served as a Cocoon House until 1975. Here is where the process of the sericulture, the purchase and the storage of the baked cocoons was taking place. This place is considered as a representative sample of the industrial architecture, with the ground floor having dimensions of 14×19 meters and the other two floors being used as silkworm beds –it is estimated that their surface area is four times that of the building. Large wooden frames are all over the building to ensure the necessary lighting, and the walls have a width of about 70 cm to act as insulation to keep the interior temperature constant. Up to 30,000 cocoons were being processed here, from the stage of baking in special ovens to the stage of purchase and storage in the specially designed areas of the Cocoon House. This tall building, placed in the center of Soufli, looks overly like a factory: its roof is covered with tiles, while the steel distinguishes between its floors and skeleton. The top floor is the one that makes the difference, because it is more loft-like, smaller than the other two floors and it gives to the building “something special”.

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