Program: A 108,000-square-foot mixed-use complex for Shop & Trade, a clothing import and distribution company, with offices, a supermarket, and 97,000 square feet of underground parking. Two four-story office blocks form an L shape around the supermarket and overlook a garden, which doubles as a green roof for the market. Shop & Trade's offices are housed in the larger block set behind the store; the other office block rises in a narrow tower to the west and includes leasable office space. The development is part of a ten-year effort to revitalize an industrial neighborhood; a mile down the road, Kokkinou Kourkoulas Architects also designed the Pireos Street annex of the Benaki-Modern Museum in 2004.
Design concept and solution: To evoke the drape of fabric, Kokkinou Kourkoulas gave the facade of the main office block a sweeping curve. The concrete building juts out over the garden and recedes at the first level; the curve continues through to the back of the building, finishing in a sloped overhang above the first floor. A slanted arcade at the entrance of the supermarket mimics the leaning facade. Inside the main office building, a wedge-shaped atrium adds a sense of spaciousness by growing larger on each successive floor. The architects used glass partitions to keep the interior transparent and open up views to the garden. To provide a clean backdrop for the clothing, they left the structural concrete and aluminum windows exposed.
Kokkinou Kourkoulas Architects & Associates
Chr. Serron 7A, Athens, Greece 11471
Ph: +30 210 3612 591
Fax: +30 210 3634 316
Completion Date: June 2010
Location: Pireos 222, Athens, Greece
Total construction cost: €25 million
Owner: Shop & Trade
Personnel in architect's firm who should receive special credit:
Architect of record: Maria Kokkinou, Andreas Kourkoulas
Consultant Architect: John Peponis
Associate architect(s): Marianna Athanasiadou
Consultant Associates: Artemis Halari, George Nikopoulos
Project Team: Eleni Papanastasiou, George Iliadis, Marianna Lizardou, Despoina Lafazani
MEP: LDK – Consultant Engineers & Planners LTD
Lighting: Thanassis Kanelias Associate: Myrto Kanakaki
Acoustical: Thodoris Timagenis
Energy:Aris Tsangrassoulis, Vasilis Geros
Furniture: Fransesco Cassetta
General contractor: Arcon Constructions
Project Management: Dimand
CAD system, project management, or other software used: Autocad
Glass louvers: Glasscon S.A.
Fire-proof glazing: MCM Fire Company S.A.
Perforated security shutters: Gerolymatos S.A.
Resin floor: Rinol – Hellas S.A.
Metal ceiling panels: SMEKA S.A.
Showroom furniture: ALU S.P.A.
Exterior: Artemide Group S.p.A., Bright SPECIAL LIGHTING S.A.
Add any additional building components or special equipment that made a significant contribution to this project:
Stainless Steel Wire Mesh: Ieronimakis Inox S.A.
Green Roof System: ZinCo – EGREEN Hellenic Import Export Enterprises Ltd
Professional Kitchen Equipment: Xenex A. Kioulpapas S.A.Interior Architectural Shading: HomeStyle - Vane S.A.