ARCHITECTS OFFICE BUILDING, KOLONAKI, ATHENS
This is the building which houses SH Stylianidis Hatziyiannakis Architects on Kleomenous Street, Kolonaki.
What makes this building stand out from the neighbouring ones is its enigmatic façade. A stainless steel mesh acts as a giant fencing mask suspended in front of the window frames behind which the concrete is visible; it is that glass and concrete which form the true façade. During the day this mesh appears to be a solid wall while at night it lights up as a veil revealing the activities in the office to the street. The architects create a small ‘theatre’ suspended above the ground floor pilotis which is used as a parking space, and which also houses the reception area.
The open part of the plot has been transformed into a small garden, making it a small oasis among the congested environment.
The project was delivered in collaboration with 3SK Stylianidis Architects in 2001.