Sunday, February 17, 2008

Technopolis Gazi - [Athens]

The City of Athens Technopolis, that spreads in an area of about 30.000 m2, is a vigorous industrial museum, of incomparable architecture, one of the most interesting of its kind in Europe. It is lodged in the old Athens Gasworks, widely known as Gazi, next to Keramikos and very close to the Acropolis.

The Gazi (Gaz) Factory was founded in 1857. It started functioning in 1862 and closed down its furnaces in August 1984. It was the last factory in Europe that was functioning in a traditional way until the day it closed.

It has been operating since 1999 and it is dedicated to the memory of the great Greek composer Manos Chatzidakis. In honor of Greek poetry, the eight buildings operating within the “Technopolis” premises, bear the names of great Greek poets: Andreas Embirikos (Room D1), Angelos Sikelianos (D4), Yannis Ritsos (Amphitheater "Athina 9 ,84" radio station), Kostis Palamas (D10), Takis Papatsonis (D6), Constantine Cavafis (D7) and Kostas Varnalis (D8).

Within its architectural space, one can see a real community, autonomous and self-reliant. The carpenter's shop, the melting-works, the machine-works, the garage for car repair, the restaurant, the barber-shop, the community clinic, were just some of the facilities offered by a well organized closed economy.

City of Athens

Friday, February 15, 2008

Athens Information Technology: AIT - [Athens]

Athens Information Technology (AIT), an education and research center in the fields of information technology and telecommunications, was founded in 2001 by INTRACOM.

AIT’s research and education facilities located in Peania, a northern suburb of Athens, include three state-of-the-art interactive amphitheaters (totaling 400 seats) fully equipped with audiovisual network systems enabling tele-education; the region’s most technologically advanced laboratories for embedded systems, software engineering & web applications, autonomic & grid computing, high speed & optical communications, and wireless & sensor networks; a library; study rooms; a bookstore; a restaurant-café; a recreation area and a dormitory.

AIT operates as a Laboratory of Liberal Studies according to the Greek Law.

The complex is located nearby the industrial facilities of INTRACOM and was build by DIEKAT.


Thursday, February 14, 2008

Ilida Business Center - [Athens]

Ilida Business Center is an office building in Maroussi, near the Athens Olympic Sports Complex.

The complex occupies an area of 10.000 sq.m. while the total area of the building is 13.000 sq.m. in 6 levels.

The building was constructed by Lamda Development.

Lamda Development

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Faliro Complex - [Athens]

The Greek construction and real estate company Babis Vovos has inaugurated a new building complex in the southern suburb of Athens, Paleo Faliro.

The complex comprises of two 5-storey buildings. The land lot is 9.734 sq.m. while the total area of the buildings reaches 23.000 sq.m. The lot belonged to Rizarios Ecclesiastical School. The construction was due to finish during 2006.

The complex will host cinemas, shops and offices. Moreover, there are more than 1.400 parking spaces available.

The monthly rent reaches more than 300.000€ for the total leasable area, while the value of the contracts (13 years) is 49.000.000€.

Babis Vovos

Monday, February 11, 2008

Μια νέα ημέρα ξημερώνει

Πολλές φορές δεν χρειάζεται προσπάθεια για να ξεκινήσεις κάτι καινούργιο. Δεν χρειάζεται να πείσεις τον εαυτό σου για τις αποφάσεις που πρόκειται να πάρεις. Δεν χρειάζεται να καταναλώσεις ενέργεια.

Γιατί η ιδέα έρχεται από παλιά. Γιατί η απόφαση έχει ήδη παρθεί. Γιατί η ενέργεια αναπληρώνεται κάθε στιγμή.

Πριν από 34 χρόνια, λίγο πριν την πτώση της δικτατορίας, ένας νόμος έμελε να αλλάξει τη μορφή της Αθήνας. Σήμερα, πολλά από όσα βλέπουμε γύρω μας, ή για την ακρίβεια δεν βλέπουμε, οφείλονται σε εκείνη την απόφαση που δεν άλλαξε ποτέ μέχρι σήμερα. Το όραμα και η θέληση ορισμέων ανθρώπων να ξεπεράσουν τα όρια, να κοιτάξουν και πάλι ψηλά, είναι ο οδηγός μας. Θέλουμε η Αθήνα να γίνει πάλι πρωτοπόρος, να εξισωθεί και να ξεπεράσει τις Μητροπόλεις του κόσμου. Να γίνει η οδηγός. Η πόλη που οι κάτοικοι της θα νιώθουν περηφάνεια ακούγοντας το όνομα της.

Σας προσκαλούμε στο Tall Athens

Citius, Altius, Fortius

όσο γίνεται πιο Altius ...

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Workshop-s - [Athens]

houses the homonymous architectural office. It is a 4 level multidimensional space that covers a total area of 1500 sq.m. The building has also 2 underground levels.

Workshop-s functions as a:
  • an architectural practice and construction company
  • a furniture and objects showroom
  • a contemporary art and architecture gallery
  • a small cafe - meeting place

Natural light is diffused on all levels through openings both in the exterior and the internal vertical and horizontal spaces of the building.

Architectural elements and furniture glow with an artificial light that gives the impression that everything floats in space.

The architect behind the project is Dionisis Sotovikis.


Secretariat General of Communication & Information - [Athens]

The complex is built on a 4,580 sq.m. land plot and consists of two independent curved multi-story buildings with three underground levels including 240 parking spaces. The first building comprises a ground floor six floors, covering a total area of 8,929 sq.m. with 7,826 sq.m. of independent underground areas.

The project includes landscaping of the surrounding area with planting and irrigation, as well as the construction of a kindergarten. This building will accommodate the services of the former "Ministry of Press and Mass Media".

The second building consists of a ground floor and three storeys, covering a total area of 2,020 sq.m. as well as a 1,764m2 independent underground level which is part of the 1st basement. This building is independent from the first one and is intended to accommodate office and commercial uses.

The building was designed by the architect Sotiris (Sotos) Tsoulos.

Sotiris Tsoulos
Hellenic Republic Real Estate Corporation (KED)

Library of the University of Crete - [Rethymnon]

University Library in Rethymnon, built in 1991.

Architect: Antonis Noukakis.

Helliniki Meletitiki
University of Creta

Foundation for Research and Technology - [Herakleion]

The Foundation for Research and Technology - Hellas (FORTH), established in 1983, is one of the largest research centers in Greece. It functions under the supervision of the General Secretariat for Research and Technology of the Hellenic Ministry of Development and consists of seven Research Institutes located throughout Greece: Heraklion, Rethymnon, Patras and Ioannina. The Foundation's headquarters are located in Heraklion, Crete.

The architect of the complex was Panos Koulermos.

Helliniki Meletitiki

Veso Mare - [Patras]

Veso Mare is the first leisure and shopping center in Patras, operating since 2001. The shopping center has an average footfall of 2.5 million customers every year.

It comprises of an 8-screen Ster Century Cinemas multiplex, a 16-lane Bowling alley-one of the country's largest and most sophisticated bowling alleys - restaurants, cafes, a large toy store and others.

Veso Mare has received an ICSC (International Council of Shopping Centers) award for its innovative design and construction, and accreditation at the Leisure Property Awards as one of the best small centers.

The complex offers 320 underground parking spaces. It comprises of 14.900 sq.m. and is allocated over 2 levels.

The building was completed in November 2001. The commercial value of the property is estimated at 40.000.000€.

In 2007 Veso Mare was sold to Henderson Global Investors Limited.

Cushman & Wakefield

Saturday, February 02, 2008

House - [Loutraki]

Diathlasis Architectural Lighting and the Architect Konstantaki Christina are responsible for this house in Loutraki.


Cultural Center - School of Aristotle -[Naousa]

A place of universal interest, the ruins of Aristotle's School, is a found only 2 kilometers away from the contemporary Naousa. The Cultural Center of Aristotle's School is a center of culture and recreation. It is situated at the area surrounding the archaeological monument of Aristotle's School. It belongs to the Municipality of Naousa and it was donated by the businessman, Christos Lanaras.

The main materials used in the building are wood and metal.

The building covers a total surface of 770 sq.m. consisting of one ground floor (330 sq.m.) and one underground floor (440 sq.m) - the underground floor hosts a small conference center of 80 seats. It is situated on a 18.000 sq.m. field, donated by the municipality of Naousa. The total cost has reached 3.000.000€.

The architect is T. Kotsiopoulos (Τ. Κωτσιόπουλος) and the design was awarded in a national contest. The architectural lighting of the building is by Diathlasis Architecture.