In the case of this small three-storey apartment building, the intended use and the requirements of the apartments exchanged for the use of the plot of land (antiparohi), led to a rectangular ground plan with one or two apartments per floor. Because of this, the architects felt strongly motivated to render the façades as sculptural as possible, to contrast with the otherwise rectangular building. This was achieved by the successive balconies on each floor. Thus the first storey balcony is continuous with circumferential planters, while the balconies on the second and third stories are interrupted with horizontal breaks and unified vertically with the uprights that delineate them.
The ground level pilotis punctuates the main Entrance. The ground level that remains free is unified with the garden, which is shaped on various levels, leaving space next to the entrance to park cars, while the floor of the pilotis is formed by strong seams of reinforced concrete, planted with vegetation.
The frame of the building was constructed using visible reinforced concrete, the walls were plastered in stark plaster and the aluminium details were painted dark brown, providing strong contrasts as well as clear boundaries on the facades, further motivation to complete the architectural solution.
APARTMENT BUILDING IN PALAIO PSYCHIKO - 1978
Associate Architect: I. Anifantis
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