“An array of pocket spaces organized around a sculptural partition wall element”
The project is about redoing an empty and unused flat, a leftover basement of an Athenian block of apartments. Located at the north slope of Lycabettus Hill in Athens, the flat had a single opening into an enclosed atrium, and a pair of ceiling skylights.
Location: Lycabettus Hill, Athens Greece
Program: Private studio apartment
Area: 40 sqm
Interior and Custom Design: SOUTH architecture
Construction: SOUTH architecture
Furniture: ElGreco Gallery, Athens Greece
Artwork: Anastasia Douka
Photography: Alina Lefa
Design concept aimed at enhancing those features of the space, in order to create a comfortable and relaxed living space, a dwelling where the resident would find shelter and would familiarize with its rooms at his own pace.
The design concept is therefore implemented with an array of pocket spaces well designed and balanced. These living spaces offer a variety of in-between relations and create a graduation of privacy, while maintaining a connection between them. Furthermore, the design enhances an underlying feeling of gradually moving from underneath to the surface, from shade to light, from the enclosed space of the sleeping area to the atrium.
To implement the design concept, we designed a new partition wall which evolves into the space by being curved, bended, cut and penetrated. The wall forms three distinctive functional areas, the kitchen alcove, the shower curve and the desk opening, which separates the living from the sleeping area.
We also designed key custom furniture elements, the closet, the sideboard, the bathroom vanity and the kitchenette. We chose raw materials, such as cement and glazed ceramic tiles along with unfinished plywood and black steel to counterpart the white walls.
SOUTH is an award winning architectural practice, offering services from design to build. Founded in New York City in 2005, by architects Eleni Livani and Chrysostomos Theodoropoulos and currently based in Athens, Greece, SOUTH has excelled at innovative architectural design in several projects in Greece and abroad.
Its multi-disciplinary approach integrates high-end architectural design, interior design and historic preservation. SOUTH’s work elaborates elements of design and craft into genius schemes, tailored to its clients’ needs. SOUTH’s projects establish a level of unique aesthetics and authenticity, resulting in innovative spaces that offer intense experience.
SOUTH has been awarded The Best Building of a Young Architect of the years 2010- 2012 Award, launched by DOMES International Architecture Review for Towerhouse I and the BIG SEE Interior Design Award for Birdman Japanese Pub, in 2019.