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 meter flat is
on the third floor of a 60s athenean apartment building at the heart of the
city. It is designed for a four member family with two children. The modern
couple both work in the advertising industry and are 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 sleeping areas.
Two elements, integrated into the apertments’ 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 Athenean 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.