architecture & engineering
Shop & Trade Office Building | Pireos Str. 222, Athens, 2007-2010 | 10,000 sq.m.
Architizer A+ Awards Special Mention
Mies Van der Rohe Awards Candidate
SADAS Commendation for Best Completed Work in Greece 2005-2010
World Architecture Festival Finalist Best Office Building 2010
Architecture Office: Kokkinou Kourkoulas Architects & Associates
Associate Architect: Marianna Athanasiadou
The property is surrounded by streets on three sides. The L-shaped four-storey office volume is placed along the back street and the boundary with the adjacent property, thus providing the backdrop for a roof garden over the single storey retail podium. By opening up towards Pireos Street at the intersection with Kydonion Street the garden contributes to the quality of public space while at the same time providing a visual focus and an environmental buffer for the offices. The set-back also endows the interior with panoramic views.
The garden slopes towards Smyrnis Street at the back, under the main office volume, suggesting perceptual continuity of public and private open space while at the same time demarcating a boundary between the retail podium and the entrance floor of the main offices and showrooms. The distinct treatment of front and back elevations expresses the relationship between the industrial character of Smyrnis Street and the emerging identity of Pireos Street.