Associated Architects spent the better part of three years transforming an upscale suburban home in Politia, Athens for a young professional couple. The house, which was originally built in the 1980s, had endured a number of renovations and additions over the years, leaving it both programmatically and visually disorganized and thirsting for a full scale renovation. Kois and their clients were more than happy to oblige and in the process create some achingly beautiful moments in architecture…
primary goals centered around minimizing clutter while creating a highly functional yet distinct environment that connected them with their surrounds. With this in mind, Kois brought a crisp clarity to the plan and structure, while simultaneously referencing the suburb’s unique architectural history which, from the 1880s to the 1930s, was heavily influenced by the stylistic romanticism and classicism of more northern European countries like Switzerland.
a focus on luxury through simplicity, Kois put great emphasis on light, shadow, and texture – working in a dark, porous Balsatina volcanic rock for flooring and exterior details, sandblasted oak for a French influenced herringbone and staircase surround, and timeless metals for sculptural railings and window fittings. Materials were also chosen for their ability to patina with grace over time. The end result is nothing short of stunning.
Firm: Kois Associated Architects
Principal Architect & Project Leader: Kois Stelios.
Design Team: Marielina Stavrou, Nikos Patsiaouras, Giannis Kechaidis.
Photography by Giorgos Sfakianakis