This high projection building complex is a very significant intervention for Athens, as it is located on Kifissias avenue a major highway connecting the city to the northern suburbs.
The building, covering a total area of 11.200 m2, is developed in a compact solid, and stands on one side of the lot along Kifissias avenue frontage. The goals of the design of this center were, to maximise the use of open free space to clarify the pedestrian and vehicular access, to provide a clear geometry that guarantees flexible interior space and a visitor’s friendly layout.
The building follows a general 12,00x12,00 m architectural grid that is structurally expressed by columns and beams. This simple architectural rule is gradually enriched following certain steps. More presently:
Multi-storey open spaces that are created by penetrating the floors connect the various levels visually as well as aesthetically
A dialogue is introduced between the main building mass and a “soft” curved membrane that follows three facades of the complex. The exposed brick wall of double curve emphasizes the evident inner character of the complex with the blind façade, however protecting the exterior walls from functioning as unfriendly aesthetic barriers. This morphological solution provides the sense of a large outdoor space that raps around the building mass.