Studio in Athens is designed as a continuous theatre

The reuse project by Georgios Apostolopoulos Architects for their own offices rethinks the base of a building as a dialogue between urban and creative spaces.

In one of the central districts of the Greek capital, the Georgios Apostolopoulos Architects studio designed its workspaces by reusing an old storage from the Seventies.
Located at a lower level than the street, the space occupies a basement where large windows open onto the city, creating an almost completely transparent façade that establishes a direct relationship between the interior of the studio and the outside.

Georgios Apostolopoulos Architects, Zinodotou Studio, Pagrati, Athens, 2023. Photo Lorenzo Zandri.

The continuity between the studio and the city is further accentuated by the access staircase, a massive body directly connected to the load-bearing walls of the basement. In turn, the staircase appears as an extension of the street, penetrating into the building itself, with a slender metal railing reinforcing its massive character, accentuated by a finish in continuity with the pavement.

The surfaces, in continuity with those of the exterior, also emphasise the relationship between the studio and the city, providing a calm and welcoming atmosphere. The interior is developed around two main areas that communicate with each other: the work area and the kitchen.

With simple solutions, the design succeeds in creating a collection of moments and spaces for interaction. Together with the custom-made furniture, a final mediating element of the project is a sign of the design intentions. Inside, the large windows create a long curtain wall reminiscent of a theatre backdrop, emphasising the atmosphere of a double stage: from the outside, the studio becomes a theatre of creativity; from the inside, the city is on stage.

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