The office of the Urban Soul Project Athens Design Studio is located on the ground floor of an apartment building on Lykavittou Street, in Kolonaki, Athens. The apartment building was designed in 1947, by Emmanuel Vourekas and Renos Koutsouris. On the initial plan, the space was a 150 square meter apartment with 2 bedrooms on the street side, a hall, a living room, and a dining room, while a transitional space connected the spaces to the kitchen and the maid’s room with built-in WC facing the vacant lot.
Today, the meeting room and the directors’ room are located in the front zone, followed by the open offices (with 19 workplaces), and at the back, the kitchen and material storage areas. The garage forms a special condition, as while being connected to the meeting room, functions as a direct access point to the meeting room by car and also as a material palette room. Part of the garage facing the street, closes with an electric blind, giving a window to the street. The adaptation of the apartment into an office space preserved as many of the original elements as possible, combining them with modern materials, forms, and colors.
The white color dominates the walls, floors, and furniture of the open space, while different colors have been chosen for the ceilings and the “unique” furniture. The furniture designed for the space is designed in the spirit of “contrary to the old”; the metal bookcase in the entrance, the black bookcase in the meeting room with leather and marble details, the marble table in the meeting room, and the triangular table in the directors’ room.
In all cases, curved forms and thin metal surfaces are used. In the kitchen, the terrazzo floor, furniture, and marble sink were kept as found, while the smoked mirror was placed on the backsplash (surface behind the sink) which creates interesting reflections and gives depth to the space. Finally, the curtains as an element, apart from their obvious function of isolating spaces, also function as sound absorbers.
Images Kimberley Powell
Partners in Charge: Tasos Georgantzis, Maria Tsaftari, Christina Tsirangelou
Lead Architects: Christos Mellios, Irini Sgouridou
Design Team: Agis Tompros, Ilektra Mancini, Asimina Drosinou, Vasilis Fileris
Supervision: Dimitris Georgoudis, Ioanna Alexi, Giorgos Gravalos