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Condo Buildings Vol.2

EDITORIAL

– Ariadni Vozani

 

UNDER CONSTRUCTION

– Filothei | ISV Architects

– Voula | Studio Nakal

– Limassol | Makridis Associates

– Kifissia | ACRM

– Kastri | Konstantinos Tzavaras, Christina Voutou

– Limassol | Marinos Marinou Architects

– Glyfada | RKTKTS

– Glyfada | XOX Archtitects

– Chalandri | Kordas Architects

– Voula | Petras Architecture

 

PROJECT

– Little Athens | Bjarke Ingels Group, 314 Architecture Studio, Deda & Architects, Tsolakis Architects

 

CONDO BUILDINGS

– Eden Roc, Residential Complex in Limassol | UHA, Elia Elikos Architects + Engineers

– The Icon, Residential Tower in Limassol | UDS Architects

– Apartment Building in Paleo Faliro | Tassos Biris, Sofia Tsiraki & Associate Architects

– DZ92, Residential Complex in Elliniko | XOX Architects

– Prometheus, Residential Building in Nicosia | EKKY Studio

– Residential Complex in Voula | Free Architects, Micromega

– Oxygen, Residential Complex in Maroussi | Pieris Architects

– H_14, Apartment Building in Glyfada | 314 Architecture Studio

– Apartment Building in Glyfada | Divercity Architects

– H_194, Apartment Building in Voula | 314 Architecture Studio

– K37, Residential Building in Kifissia | RKTKTS

– KD Residences, Residential Complex in Kifissia | ISV Architects

– Kifissia Smart Flats, Residential Building in Kifissia | People

– iMET, Residential Complex in Voula | Asoul Architecture & Construction

– Apartment Building in Koropi | Studio NL

Contemporary Suburban Apartment Buildings

The annual thematic edition, Condo Buildings, is dedicated to selected multi-apartment buildings in Greece and Cyprus. This typology, which significantly shaped the form of Greek cities, continues to attract both market and architectural interest. However, questions arise regarding the extent to which “condominium living” has evolved in terms of architectural vision, facade, and overall structure.

Contemporary, meticulously designed constructions, present morphological and volumetric interest in managing facades and building skins. However, regardless of size, the apartment facade more or less reproduces the organization found for many decades, with minor differentiations, mainly concerning modern Greek family living requirements. The new housing or co-living models that have emerged have not yet proven capable of transforming the organization of the building or apartment in a spatially expressive manner.

The issue includes both completed projects and studies of apartment buildings in the northern and southern suburbs of Athens, as well as in the suburbs of Nicosia. These projects are of different scales and high construction quality, with those having the highest number of floors included in the extensive urban regeneration of the Ellinikon area. The fact that none of these new projects belongs to the city center is mainly connected with the lack of suitable, undeveloped plots for apartment buildings. However, upgrading the existing apartment buildings through architectural interventions, an “ailing” building stock that already presents multiple maintenance problems, is a critical parameter for the quality of the city. In contrast to the rapidly renovated interiors of independent apartments, the communal spaces and facades of apartment buildings in many central neighborhoods present an image of neglect. It would be particularly important for the state to provide incentives for the complete renovation of existing apartment buildings to upgrade the quality of our urban environment.

 

Ariadni Vozani

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