Apartment in Thessaloniki / .27 Architects

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Architects: .27 Architects
Location: Thessaloniki,
Directors in Charge: Stelina Tsifti, Panagiotis Chatzitsakyris
Project Area: 100 sqm
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: .27 architects

This project refers to the renovation of an existing apartment and the custom design of all the new furniture in order to meet the specific needs of the owners.

Due to practical and financial limitations it was not possible to remove, remodel or reconstruct any interior walls of the existing apartment. Therefore, the design proposal focuses on the use of furniture as actual building components that aim at transforming both the formal and the functional character of the space.

floor plan

The living area provided ground for spatial experimentation: Instead of selecting various furniture pieces for the different functional needs, a unified spatial construction was designed to respond to diverse needs in a uniform way. This construction has the form of a new wooden floor positioned 40 cm above the existing marble floor of the apartment. Through the creation of a series of recesses and extrusions, this new level allows different functions to take place above it (sitting, circulation, library), while at the same time is capable of covering secondary functional elements underneath it (lighting, speakers, video projector, storage). The basic goal of the design was to create a living floor that could be used in diverse and unpredictable ways.

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The dining area is positioned next to the living area. In response to the uniform wooden floor, the dining chairs are interlocking with the dining table in order to form a single wooden box.

The design of the bedroom evolved from two separate programmatic needs: The owners wanted to install extra closets and they also wanted a four poster bed. The result is a wooden plane that spans the width of the room and functions as both the tester of the bed and the enclosure of a closet.

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Cite: "Apartment in Thessaloniki / .27 Architects" 14 Mar 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 25 Jul 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=52530>

19 comments

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    I’m not opposed to things that look cool… that said, the “library” is ridiculous. They’re creating this huge pool of books taking up floor space, that can’t be used for anything else. There’s a reason bookshelves are usually stacked vertically – efficiency and accessibility. What a pain in the ass it must be to reach the books in the center. Yeah.. it looks kind of cool, but it just doesn’t work.

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    Can someone please explain the functionality of a bookcase in the floor plane! I can’t see any possible reason for it.

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    that couch looks mighty uncomfortable.. I don’t get the bookshop? use the walls!. Do like how the bed space is squeezed and utlized for something above. nice and clean, but sometimes not functional

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    concerning the comments on functionality i agree with everyone. the floorplan would work much better if the kitchen and bedroom exchanged places. the kitchen could then open into the dining room creating an open floor plan. with the bedroom in the new position you should flip the side by side bathrooms and create a master bath. i don’t understand the placement of two baths.

    as far as the library in the floor, yes it is not functional by any means. but i always enjoy the ‘texture’ that is created by the spines of books. it begins to transform into a woven fabric that is visually pleasing. but this could/should be achieved on traditional book shelves.

    a few simple changes and i think this would have been a more successful project

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      Although I agree on all the points about functionality, I have to go back to the text. They do say that it was not possible to move around any of the walls. And if you take a look at the Google maps image, you’ll see that this apartment is in a large building, so they probably couldn’t fiddle with the plumbing system as well. So we’re all reading this project wrong. It is only about those books embedded in the floor, the sharp wooden sofa and the over-the-bed closet.

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      Wow! great vision david. You are certainly right. Still, walls couldnt be “demolished” to create a master a master bath or an open area with the dining room and kitchen as a unique place?

      If that could be done, it would obviously make of this a better project as you say. And I, too, dont get the meaning of two bathrooms next to eachother. I also find spaces too “tight” as to be living there in a comfortable way. If you look at the floorplans, windows opening inwards are about to hit the bed and the space between the bed and the bedroom wall, according to the plan, seems to be at most 50 centimeters??? Doesnt look like that in the picture, but I’ll trust the plan on that…

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    Somehow this interior is really cool, yet it screams uncomfortabe & a show off. Nice details, but please, honestly… a book shelves in the floor? Seriously?! Closet above the bed? Seriously?? The flat looks really good size to have a normal walk-in wardrobe and perhaps some storage above the bed… When it comes to such experiments with living room furniture – really – is it worth it? To divide a nice space into smaller zones with no whatsoever possibility to rearrange? Looks more waiting lounge than living room and I bet no babies (or high heels)allowed here too:) Still overall nice, clean and really thought after fit out.

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    Love it, just didn´t get how to use the closet, but that doesn´t matter, someone must know.

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    Pushing the envelope, trying to be really conceptual is difficult, in these case there are too many things that don´t work, is not bold or beautiful, is not functional either, however I must accept they make for catchy photos, I dislike the artificiality of the wood, the colors chosen and the graphic applications on the walls. At the end it will age badly and the books on the floor will be full of dust in no time.

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    As everyone pointed out, it looks cool, but this is not enough for a good architecture. I agree that it will age badly.

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