location: Mets, Athens, Greece | bua: 5.580m2 | design: 2021 | status: preliminary design
The brief requested was for an existing mixed-use building in Mets built in 1980 which was an office and housing complex at the time, to be redesigned to accommodate residential units ranging in size from 60 to 260sqm.
The privileged position of the building opposite the Zappeion Gardens and Hall, combined with the exceptional views to Acropolis, Lycabettus, Ardittos and Philopappos hills led to a fenestration design consisting of large glazed window units facing Ardittou, M. Moussourou Streets and the introduction of balconies at the first, second and third floor for the two elevations facing the above streets. The balconies, which comprise elements of oxidized iron (corten), were designed so as to visually isolate the apartments from the street level of the adjacent streets that appear to have increased traffic load.
On the fourth floor of the building, gardens with swimming pools were allocated for private use from the third-floor apartments. The gardens are connected to the respective apartment via outdoor staircases placed on patios. The patios, which are located in the center of the apartments, are planted and surrounded by glazing so that they are prominent from the living areas and the circulation corridors.
In the basement as well as in sections of the ground floor and the mezzanine levels, parking spaces were organized.