The listed building on the corner of Paramithias and Thermopylon st. in Metaksourgeio was fully restored in order to host a fashion designer's modern atelier (www.theialab.com). The building is developed in three levels and is a typical example of Athens' neo-classic architecture, dating back to the beginning of 20th century. The basic ideas behind the new design were:
- simplification of the building's shell through the use of single coloring on the exterior surface and the creation of open spaces inside, replacing the existing small rooms and various compartments
- successful implementation of modern amenities and functions in an old neoclassic building
- creation of clear forms, inside and outside, with long, clear lines and continuous spaces
- flexibility in function and allowable activities
The construction process involved, among other things, the reinforcement of the structural system, the replacement of the wooden roof, the placement of new doors and windows and the restoration of unique architectural elements through the use of modern conservation techniques.
Design - Construction: 2009 - 2011
Photos: Spyros Hound