The 'Grand Dame' of ASKarchitects in Piraeus, Greece

published in: Interiors By Tina Komninou, 24 November 2011

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photo © Vangelis Paterakis

In Athens you do not get more Greek or real for that matter, than the district of Piraeus which lies along the east coast of the Saronic Gulf. The people, the architecture, the cuisine, the air is all 100% Greek with a nostalgia of what was. The was being men in their vest suits, hats and ‘shipping’ driving around in their open top classics around the port, the women walking alongside the streets wearing pencil skirts, white elbow gloves while carrying parcels with bows and the architecture which was solid, timeless and priceless. Unfortunately time has not been good to many of these gems leaving them neglected and abandoned, but surely a diamond in the rough.
 
One such rough diamond was a 310sqm neoclassical private residence. Originally built for the French Councilor, this residence is a fine example of a typical Landmark Piraeus building. The architecture practice ASKarchitects co-founded by the Greek architect Stella Konstantinidis, was approached in 2007 with a brief to renovate the existing landmark while introducing a new built extension penthouse opening up the green roof. For this project, outmost care and sensitivity was paid to the historic values of the structure. New life has been introduced without forgetting about those that have gone by.
 

photo © Vangelis Paterakis

photo © Vangelis Paterakis

The finished residence consists of a four-story building with the new built section consisting of 90sqm. The aim was to create an open plan residence to house a family of four. The building was stripped to its bare bones and minor but effective interventions were applied to reinforce the original structure. All interior walls were demolished and replaced with sliding doors/walls for flexible living. The most flexible being the timeless old world courtyard reminiscent of the former days of outside neighborhood chit- chat now with over scaled glazed doors giving/retaining the sense of the endless height now bestowing a point of contact to all boundaries of the daily life. As the architect herself puts it ‘this courtyard area has become the lungs of the house’.
 

photo © Vangelis Paterakis

photo © Vangelis Paterakis

photo © Vangelis Paterakis

One of this residence’s most dominant features is of course the original staircase. A feature which takes your breath away, while your mind travels to another world. Dramatic, playful, romantic and fierce is a combination of the words that are difficult to coincide together when describing a single feature. Piraeus does that to you. This, in combination with the tiled flooring and the original glazed design has an absolute element of old meets new. In this landmark, casts were made from all the original details and every little detail was brought to life again. The journey here commences from the ground floor with the courtyard, stonework and 19th century walls to the 1930’s upper floor leading to the contemporary new built extension penthouse.
 
The sensitivity of this revival is one great success. This 'Grand Dame' is ageless and like all timeless broads, beauty and grit is from within.

photo © Vangelis Paterakis

photo © Vangelis Paterakis

photo © Vangelis Paterakis

photo © Vangelis Paterakis

photo © Vangelis Paterakis

photo © Vangelis Paterakis

photo © Vangelis Paterakis

photo © Vangelis Paterakis

photo © Vangelis Paterakis

photo © Vangelis Paterakis

photo © Vangelis Paterakis

photo © Vangelis Paterakis

photo © Vangelis Paterakis

photo © Vangelis Paterakis

photo © Vangelis Paterakis

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ASKarchitects/Stella Konstantinidis

  • friend
    Elena Sergeeva | 2011-11-24 10:34:42

    I love it!

  • friend
    Chucara | 2011-11-24 10:35:15

    Beautiful !!!

  • friend
    mayo maria | 2011-11-24 15:31:41

    i am speechless! does anybody know whose is the painting above the sofa?

  • friend
    Myrto Iliadis-K | 2011-11-24 18:25:32

    Beautiful, interventions that have been made are perfectly balanced-!!!

  • friend
    N232 | 2011-11-25 17:13:34

    Absolutely stunning!

  • friend
    Andonis Nicolopoulos | 2011-11-25 21:30:16

    Aesthetically excellent restoration, but over the top pretentious furniture and objects makes it look like a post-modern design asylum. Shame really....

  • friend
    Christopher | 2011-11-27 06:18:20

    Truly stunning! I would live in this "post-modern design asylum" any day!

  • friend
    ask | 2011-11-28 09:51:10

    To Maya Maria: The painting is by Achilleas Razis a contemporary Greek painter

  • friend
    marcela | 2011-12-01 18:31:37

    Absolutely beautiful!

  • friend
    Rebecca | 2011-12-07 01:08:57

    Oh my god, I have never seen anything like it! Love it!

  • friend
    Nonna Hall | 2011-12-12 18:46:44

    Stunning! I love it!

  • friend
    Cillyp | 2011-12-12 20:55:30

    Looks like the perfect home. Tastefully designed for adults and fantastic for kids. Love it!

  • friend
    Amodoro | 2011-12-13 14:22:15

    Very nice... A bit to "acyetic" for me. I would need a bit more colour. It looks really nice though...

  • friend
    HeatherR | 2011-12-13 21:33:17

    Amazing Taste!

  • friend
    Gilda Harger | 2011-12-21 21:58:27

    Bravo! Very fresh.

  • friend
    kerveros | 2012-01-10 01:13:52

    too white, too modernistic, could be a night club somewhere in Mykonos - people need to start looking at furniture from the 1900s and 1920s again and give an old house its proper underwear

  • friend
    Richard J Woods | 2012-04-20 06:40:01

    I love that house! If only I had a private residence like that, I would eagerly go home early from work everyday. I like that every room in the house follows the same white coloured theme, and yet still contains enough character on its own to differentiate each part of the house quite easily. Some parts look very greek while others have a touch of modern chic with quirky furniture. Great!

  • friend
    nik | 2012-05-21 19:48:16

    i would like to now where i can find the blue toy(bear doll) thank you

  • friend
    tim | 2012-09-07 10:35:43

    The place inside out, is amazing!!! And you can spot the difference, with the rest of the residences in the neighborhood. We need more houses like this one in Piraeus!!!

  • friend
    Leonie | 2013-03-31 09:17:30

    Intelligent, comprehensive, fantastic- love the many pics, gives a complete picture.

  • friend
    Abdulkerim Demir | 2013-08-05 13:36:17

    Bravo! Very modern and very clean house!

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