This three-storey apartment building constitutes one of the first exemplars of Kyriakidis’ office work, which, however, combines a plethora of the compositional principles, utilised throughout the course of their oeuvre.
Built in 1967 on a 1,500 sq.m. plot of land - subsequently a second three-storey apartment building was also erected on the same plot, in the same style and along the same compositional lines with the first. The two apartment buildings operated as a single functional and compositional entity.
Every floor was shaped as a single apartment, with two clearly distinct zones, one private and the other public in nature, depending on the use of each space. The areas for daytime use were given direct access from the central staircase and direct contact with the main road, while the three bedrooms were placed on the more isolated and quieter eastern-facing side of the building. The auxiliary areas – the bathrooms and kitchen, had smaller windows and were positioned near the outdoor auxiliary staircase, setting up a wet zone.
The unadorned appearance of the weight-bearing reinforced concrete on the building’s façade, as well as the wood details of the construction were particular morphological features of the apartment building. Specifically, special care was given to the form of the wooden window frames along the central staircase, the specially-designed doorframes and the circular auxiliary staircase, which also constitute compositional features of the façade.
THREE-STOREY APARTMENT BUILDING, PSYCHIKO - 1967
CORNER OF AGIOU DIMITRIOU AND PARNASSOU STREETS
Associate Architect: K. Xanthopoulos
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