+Apartment in Psychiκο
This apartment, in the area of Psychiko, Athens, is located in the ground floor of a multi-storey building, built in the year 1961. It went through some alterations and extensions of its spaces through the decades. While the original core consisted of approximately 60cm (2ft) thick stone walls, the extensions were constructed as a reinforced concrete structure with brick infills. Since a new residence was built on a neighbouring plot, there has been a change of the local groundwater line.
We had to take protective measures to ensure that the apartment’s substance was not additionally endangered by rising damp. We had to remove existing parquet floors, that had already been damaged and chose a single type of ceramic tiles for the floors to make the apartment feel more spacious.
We checked all static elements and repaired them where needed and reconstructed the electrical system, the heating and the plumbing from scratch.
We relocated the main entrance to a more central position of the floor plan. While preserving the distinct function of the kitchen, we tore down its walls, creating a free-flow space with the living room.
The two spaces are now defined by a wooden construction hiding an existing pillar and featuring additional storage space.
We exploited every available space in the apartment for storage room by integrating closets in niches and openings.
This project was published by kataskevesktirion.gr (June 2018)
Architectural design and supervision of construction:
Panos E. Gerakakis
Apartment’s area: 71,50m² (769,50ft²)
Completion of construction: 2018