Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Office Building - [Athens]

A multistorey office building in Koniari street (near mount Lycabettus) by Aris Masouridis and Maria Gioultzoglou.

43 Οδός Κονιαρη
Athens 11471, Greece



New Archeological Museum - [Chania]

For a country that is still forging its way through a new era of aesthetics and urban milestones, Theofanis Bobotis is one of the forerunners. Α person bold enough to challenge the consensus of the current norms and even bolder to bring his ideas into reality. Despite the fact that norms will not always follow. They might eventually. 

You probably know him already, since he is the proud creator of the new Archaeological Museum of Patras. In this case he does what he knows best, once again, for the city of Chania. A long awaited project is going to be finally realized. For more than 46 years, the old Archaeological Museum was squeezed inside the narrow streets of the historical center of Chania. It is time for a relief.

The total area of the building covers 5.230m2. Theofanis has chosen height levels spanning 6 to 8 meters but also rooms of 15 meters in width. The facade is covered with ribbed ceramic material.

The building will be located in the region of Halepa (Χαλέπα). 


Monday, May 11, 2009

One Athens Apartments - [Athens]

Architecture has a lasting effect. At least, good architecture. Sometimes, however, a strange transition occurs. A point, where what was considered true is false, and what was thought perfect is now inadequate. The bounds of this transitive period are always fuzzy and redefined each time it occurs. 

In this case we have a lasting icon that shaped modern Greece and many great cities of the planet. Doxiadis was always an iconic name in the realms of architecture and urban planning. A figure that was engulfing all the meanings of words like cosmopolitan, progressive and vindicative. 

Divercity architects are the new audacious kids of Greek architecture. They are transforming the work of the master architect into something that fits the modern era. In terms of aesthetics at least. If the result is appealing is highly subjective. If the result retains something of the initial plan is under scrutinity. 

But it comes a time when the old gives its place to the new and the master approves of the student that surpassed him. Doxiadis would approve


Sunday, May 10, 2009

Goody's Nafplio

The gems you find hidden, are usually the ones shining the most. "Goody's" is a fast food chain, the largest one indeed. It was the first one as well. The company that brought a new lifestyle to the young Greek generation 20 years ago. At some point, it has even been synonymous of coolness and progressiveness. This image is long ago lost. It remains however an icon of the modern pathways, this society took, in order to reach the European and American Dream. Doing it the Greek way.

As I said, the gem shines. And what a place to shine in!

Nafplio. The first capital of the young Greek State. Yes, it was not Athens. It was this small historical city in the east side of Peloponnese. A charming little city, surrounded by spectacular scenery, and monuments spanning millenia.

It is fascinating to see, that Goody's had the vision to create something out of the ordinary in this city of beauty. And somehow pay homage to a place where every inch is instilled with history.

The company has chosen an old renovated building, clothed it with modern industrial design and created a space that is both contemporary but old. The lighting strategy manages to capture all the elements of the building into one unique combination.

ΝΑYΠΛIO, 211 00
Τηλ: 27520-96296
Fax: 27520-96297



New Manufacturing Facilities for Genepharm in Athens.

The architects behind the project are ISV. Ioannou, Sotiropoulos, Van Gilder.