Surface: 190 m2
Team: Louis Barault, Anastasia Choli
In this project we tried to surpass the context of a typical renovation
and enter the “slippery” path of transformation. The 190 square meters flat is
on the third floor of a 60s Athenian apartment building at the heart of the
city. It is designed for a four-member family with two children. The modern couple
both works in the advertising industry and is deeply interested in literature
and contemporary art.
Our design approach focuses mainly on converting a set of closed and
defined spaces into a big living area organized under the “open plan” discipline.
By eliminating unnecessary non-bearing walls and corridors, natural light and
life flood the open space. The open kitchen becomes both a gathering point for
the family and a transitional zone between the living area and the more private
Two elements, integrated into the apartment’s’ aesthetics become the
highlight of the living zone. Firstly, the “invisible” glass partition wall
between the dining area and the sitting area, consisting of 200 two cm thick
glass strips glued together. This “non” wall creates a light diffusion game
spread throughout the open space. Secondly, the 7 meter long bookcase
intensifies the unity and length of the living area, highlighting the love of
the couple for books.
Tones of gray on the walls and ceilings provide the ideal background for
the objects and art items of the couple’s collection. Dark grey is also
integrated into the fish bone oak flooring. This flooring technique pays
tribute to the typical flooring surface of the majority of Athenian apartments
of the 50s and 60s. The presence of Volakas marble on the kitchen floor and
walls accompanied from several bronze elements and finishings enrich the
materiality of the living space. In the bathrooms the minimalist approach
reached its limits allowing to the superb texture of Greek marbles to become
the aesthetic protagonist.