project: renovation of a two story landmark building with an addition of a new penthouse, to house a single family of four, in the historic district of Piraeus GR
site area: 188 sq. m
existing floor area: 310 sq. m
new built penthouse extension :90 sq. m
Refurbishment of a neoclassical listed building originally built to house the French councilor. The goal was to create an open plan residence to house a family of four. All interior walls were demolished and replaced with sliding doors/walls for flexible living.
The building was striped to its bare bones and minor but effective interventions were applied to reinforce the original structure. Casts were made from all the original details and every little detail was brought to life again. Traditional methods were used to remake all the ornaments of the house.
Entering you face the court yard which is a central element to all askarchitects projects. A giant glass folding door replaced the stone wall and reinforced the filling of entering outside The interior court yard connects the whole house removing all indoor/ exterior boundaries in the everyday living. It becomes the lungs of the house.
Going up the original staircase is like traveling thought the centuries
Starting from the ground floor with the court yard and the thick stone 19th century walls to the to the 1930’s first floor leading to a contemporary new built extension penthouse opening up to a green roof.
project: a new built family house in the landmarked area of Plaka, Athens
floor area: 270 sq. m
design + construction : 2003-6
The property is a long thin strip wedged between its neighboring
buildings, with a short façade overlooking Lisikratous square. Th
plot opens up toward the back, creating a pocket of inhabitable
The facade on the square and the pocket in the interior of the block
are both inhabited by positioning two volumes facing each other with
a courtyard in between.
The back volume in the interior of the block becomes the private part
of the house, where the bedrooms and family room are situated. The
front volume becomes the public part where the living room, kitchen
and dining room are situated. It acts as a buffer zone between the
busy touristic square and the privacy of family life.
The façade on the square is based on the aesthetics of traditional
materials and building methods, and behind this almost found object,
the approach and materials become contemporary.
project: design of three independant geusthouses and pool area around a landmarked building in Posidonia, Siros
plot area: 3783 sq.m
built area: 112.5 sq. m
design+ construction :2003-8
The main concerns were to minimize the construction impact to the grounds of the property, and to protect the existing house from its hillside neighbors.
The 3 independent guesthouses were designed to enclose and protect a new south facing courtyard with a swimming pool which became the centre for outdoor lounging, dining and swimming. Outdoor activities were all reorganized to face south and west toward a secondary view, away from the prevailing winds which made it impossible to enjoy the north part of the house on a regular basis.
The emphasis on landscaping, intricate circulation patterns and varying elevations for each small house brings the scale of the village to the project, the large courtyard becoming the village square. The materials were chosen to reflect the particular vernacular of the area, and local methods were adapted to contemporary needs
project: apartment refurbishment in central athens.
floor area: 100 sq meters
design + construction :2010-11
The project concerns the refurbishment of an apartment in the top floor of a 30’s building and its connection to the storage space on the terrace via interior staircase. The design focused on simplifying the congested plan and modernizing the space in terms of program, while conserving the character of the building.
A large part of the interior walls was demolished to create an open plan space, where only the volume containing the bedroom and bathroom can be separated.
The structural elements were reinforced with great care to retain the original dimensions and the curved connection between wall and ceiling.
Metal elements were added, as in the case of the reinforcement of the central column, the interior staircase and the folding doors in the balcony, that reintroduce the scale and detailing of the 30s in front of a modern aluminum sliding door.
The old doors with glazing, characteristic of the era, were reused as sliding separators and as closet doors.
project: loft renovation with the addition of one bedroom
floor area: 95sq. m
design +construction: 2004
project: conversion of an 80’s open plan concrete frame office building into a single residence for a family of four in fillopappou greece
floor area: 500sq. m
design + construction : 2010-12
The main attraction of the building was its location and view toward the Filoppappou hill, so we focused on the creation of exterior spaces maximizing the use of the courtyard and terrace. On first contact with the building one perceives the terrace and olive tree that is planted on the front façade, and upon entering the building one is confronted with the courtyard which gives the impression of “entering out”.
The typical open plan has been used in a different way on each floor according to its designated use
-on the ground/entrance floor, where the garage, entrance and extra room are located, the perimeter of the building is pulled in to maximize the courtyard’s surface
-on the first/children's floor, the rooms and bathroom occupy the front façade and the playroom looks onto the courtyard through the back façade.
-on the second/master floor a central island includes the bath and dressing rooms leaving two spaces that open up to both facades at each end of the plan.
- On the third/living floor the plan is left open, separating the kitchen from the rest of the space with full height furniture.
Vertical circulation is through a round staircase tower that is added on to the main volume and culminates in a small room that services the green roof terrace which is used as the main exterior space of the house.
The emphasis that was placed in the connection between the front and back facades is evident in the articulation of the curtainwall façade of the front entrance and the framed linear windows of the back. A playful graphic orthogonal pattern was devised and carried through in detailing of all scales referring back to the organization of the front façade. The curvilinear interior wall of the staircase stands as the only deviation from the orthogonal logic of the building.
The Parthenis brand had been linked since its beginning in the 70’s with strong statements in the design of its stores. The use of raw materials such as steel, marble, and purpose designed wood and steel furniture has been intricately connected to the brand image. For the flagship store in Kolonaki, the brief was to incorporate some structural changes to connect the different levels of the store in an organic way, to emphasize the existing marble floors and furniture, and to introduce new technologies and materials to modernize the store’s image. The space was a collage of two adjoining stores on different levels following the height differences on a steep street. The challenge this presented was to visually and physically join the seven different levels on which the store operates. Openings connecting the spaces were widened, and steel detailing was brought in to articulate the new connective element between levels. This element was defined as a folding carpet-like linoleum surface that created staircases, landings and vertical surfaces for digital imaging. A very thin steel plate bridge was designed as the main connector between the two main spaces in order to emphasize the folding - surface concept. The brand logo was incorporated in off-white within the charcoal grey linoleum surface in order to set a neutral background, to create a hierarchy for the entrance and to reinforce branding. A video monitor was embedded within the 3d folding surface in order to engage the depth of the store from the window and to connect the interior to the street. Vintage light fittings were used for both the exterior and interior lighting of the store.
project: refurbishment and upgrading of an existing hotel, in Mykonos, Greece
floor area: 32 rooms
design + construction: 2006-7
in collaboration with Dionisis Zacharias and Divercity architects
The project is a refurbishment of an existing concrete frame collage
structure escalating various levels. Upgrading the circulation and both
rooms and public spaces was the main concern.
Spatial quality meant that comfort was the measure for all decisions,
even as this meant the merging of several of the rooms or the shrinking
of an already small swimming pool in favor of usable space
The external envelope could not be altered, therefore Landscaping,
shading, outdoor private Jacuzzis, were used to redesign the massing
of the building in relationship to the rocky hill, so as to make it appear
to be growing out of the landscape, following the traditional
Mysushi was a brand that has its roots in fast sushi, and gradually moved on to a restaurant atmosphere. This transformation is reflected in the different material choices for the two restaurants. In the first mysushi in Kolonaki, harder faster surfaces were used such as painted concrete and metal or Corian. Wood paneling and table surfaces were combined to soften the effect of the fastness of color. Materials were organized in horizontal zones, separated by dark stripes of brown and eggplant. The seating was fixed benches to emphasize on speed and communal eating. In the second restaurant in Erythrea, wood becomes the primary material, covering interior and exterior floors as well as the folding entrance door that defines the front elevation. The horizontal stripes concept and the colored glass hanging lights were kept as an element of brand identity and the wooden wall paneling was replaced by vintage wall paper. The kitchen is less open than in the first restaurant leaving only a small horizontal frame of communication, and marking the change in the branch’s philosophy. The emphasis here is in the unification of interior and exterior spaces, by using the same floor material and creating exterior patio for the extended summer period.
kiffissia -golden hall -santorini
Through the design of 3 consecutive stores for the Lalaounis jewelry brand, the objective was to gradually transform a 60’s based brand image into contemporary aesthetics. In the Santorini store, the challenge was to combine the curvilinear Cycladic architectural forms of the exterior with a minimal but cave like interior. A curved stone floor was devised to mirror the vault above and wooden surfaces seemed to grow out of the curvature to contain the jewelry windows. In the golden Hall mall context, the objective was to emphasize the preciousness of the golden jewelry, and to maximize the use of space. Stripes of fabric wood and mirror were juxtaposed as a tool to manipulate the depth of the space, and to articulate a range of tactile sensory effects that bring out the qualities of the gold. In the Erythrea store the challenge was to use existing 60’s furniture and fittings, and by adding very few elements such as fabric and mirror to make a significant change in the image. The space was treated as a collage of surfaces using mirrors to create the illusion of floating panels. The emblematic 60’s red color of the brand was reinterpreted in a more contemporary hue, and combined with a tinted wood floor that could pick up the painted steel detailing of the building.