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Athens, Greece

180m2

completed

2012

John Karahalios

Elisavet Plaini

Anastasis Bachas

 

Giorgos Mathioudakis

Dimitris Aspiotis

The apartment is located at the Athenian suburb of Pefki, in a characteristic housing complex of early ‘80s. The design proposal was driven by 3 key factors that were associated to the initial form of the structure and the contemporary needs of the users.

The type of living of the owners pointed to the clear distinction of public and private areas of the apartment. The aspect that shifted the project’s direction was the need for storage space. The public space was redefined by the placement of hidden storage areas. The “precious” object was inserted at the heart of the space. It is a cube with glass reflective surfaces that articulates in-between spaces and circulation. Its presence indicates the actual space in which it is contained. The glass cube hosts the neighboring uses of each side; wardrobe, kitchen appliances, cellar. On its fourth side, four display windows are lit to reveal the “exhibits”.  It forms the vitrine, the museum of the private.

The intensive presence of structural elements was reinforced by the addition of new non-structural beams to the ceiling network. The notion of density accentuated the dynamics and enabled a new reading of space. The emerging system is a tool for organizing the plan and understanding the characteristic structure of the apartment building. It was also used as the channel for any necessary new infrastructure.

Low levels of natural light in the pre-existing condition led to certain decisions on color and materials. Especially for the living space the chosen shades of white on different textures resulted on a space bathed in light through reflection. The glass cube intensifies this phenomenon during daytime and becomes a light source at night as part of the whole lighting experience.

Plan

Pre-existing

Structural Beams

Interior and Exterior

Storage Spaces

SHORTLISTED

Domés Awards 2014

Best Realised Project

Current

New Network

The "Precious" Object

Public and Private

Domés International Review of Architecture

08/13

issue 122, December 2013 / January 2014

p.136

ek-magazine

Apartments 2014

special issue

p.90

Ili & Ktirio

02/14 2014

issue 101

p.110

Domés International Review of Architecture

04/14

issue 125A

p.60

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