one athens memory alteration
The apartment’s key original features - such as the exposed ceiling and concrete framework - are retained in order to preserve the legacy of this iconic landmark. These original features are combined with new elements, such as the herringbone wood floor and the minimalist window frames, which reference the architectural features of housing complexes of the modern movement of the 1960s and 70s and are bought up to date with contemporary finishes.The key idea is to retain the volume of the original building in the apartment, where the modular grid is updated to include three different materials. Private areas are covered in opaque panels of marble; translucent concrete is used for the middle zones, where interactive shadows create a theatre of movement by the habitation of the space; and glass is used extensively to make the most of the show stopping views of the Acropolis on one side and Mount Lycabettus on the other.The owners of the apartment have also access to the ground floor, which is dedicated to numerous communal amenities, including a fitness centre and spa,a spacious children’s playroom, as well as a meeting room and screening room.An exhibition space is dedicated to the work of Constantinos Doxiadis and the history of the building. The airy entrance area opens onto the atrium where the marble floor and fountain, that marked the ancient source of the Iridanos river, are preserved as key features of this iconic landmark in central Athens.
* Constantinos Doxiadis, one of the leading figures of modern Greek architecture, designed the specific building to house his office and school of design. The Doxiadis building - which was constructed between 1957 and 1970 - consists of four discrete divisions.The design rationale of the building is based on Doxiadis’ dialectics - in particular the concepts of transformation, organic integration of buildings in the natural landscape and human environment and the principles of bioclimatic architecture. The issues of remembrance and the building’s continuity over time were key elements of the design process so that the building will re-integrate into the collective life in the city, which coincides with the principles of its creator.
One Athens is a luxury housing complex consisting of 4 multi-storey buildings containing 26 lofts, apartments, duplexes, penthouses, and townhouses.
design by DIVERCITY & TRAC - principal architects NIKOLAS TRAVASAROS, CHRISTINA ACHTYPI - structural engineer E.T.E.S.M.E., E. KAKKAVA, D. THEODOSIOU - e/m EL.T.E.ME lighting designer DIATHLASIS ARCHITECTURAL LIGHTING & L4A LIGHTING FOR ARCHITECTURE - acoustic design by THEODOROS TIMAGENIS - constructor J&P-AVAX
photography © GEORGE FAKAROS