Apartment in Athens (Renovation) by ATHANASIA LEIVADITOU
2012 - 2013, Bronze A' Interior Space and Exhibition Design Award Winner
This ground floor apartment, nestled behind a mature lush garden, was completely gutted and transformed into this modern environment. Measuring 85s.m., the apartment features unique architectural designs, the use of natural materials (such as travertine and wood), a bold grey paint contrasted with white, softened by natural light and highlighted with concealed and exposed LED lighting, plus some industrially inspired design elements.
The centerpiece to the home is made up of a curved kitchen ceiling that begins behind the wall cabinet and ends at the main feature of the space, a hanging bookcase with a concealed work desk. This unit separates the kitchen and passageway from the entry and den of the home. This one of a kind, custom designed and site-built unit literally hangs from the ceiling and was constructed using metal square tubing and gypsum board. It functions as a space divider and features a double-sided bookcase and desk, which swings in to be tucked away or swings out to be opened for use. It also has cleverly designed storage spaces, a completely flush built-in digital screen to play a slideshow of photos, a flat-screen LCD TV facing the kitchen and also conceals all the AV equipment for the multi-room sound system. As there are no legs for support, stools can also be stored underneath.
Design Challenges
ATHANASIA LEIVADITOU did not encounter any design challenges while designing the award winning Apartment in Athens Renovation.
Production Technology
Gypsum board allowed for the design and incorporation of concealed LED lighting (tucked behind white plexi-glass covers), built-in speakers, storage compartments and flush mounted LCD screens. The lighting, as with all other components, have been designed according to the main concept that all the parts must function as a whole and interact seamlessly with each other. It is this guiding philosophy that inspired the design of this interactive unit within the given space.
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