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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

JewelBOX in Athens, Greece by Panos Nikolaidis & Errica Protestou

 
November 13th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Panos Nikolaidis & Errica Protestou

JewelBOX is a multi use building in Kifisia, Athens, Greece designed by architects Panos Nikolaidis & Errica Protestou.

The jewelBOX accommodates two contradictory concepts. A monolithic mask, the building’s exterior versus a fluid interior. The mask reveals the ground floor volume through an ornamental iron gate. A black rectangular column redirects the visitor towards its two sections.

Image Courtesy © George Fakaros

  • Architects: Panos Nikolaidis & Errica Protestou
  • Project: JewelBOX
  • Location: Athens, Greece
  • Photography: George Fakaros
  • Project Management, Construction: Tconstructions Alexandros Triantafyllidis
  • First floor interior Design: Stagedesignoffice (Stavros Papayannis )
  • Completion: 2013

Key products

  • Lighting: XAL, iGuzzini
  • Partitions: Knauf plasterboards & Aquapanel
  • Acrylic solid surfaces: Staron
  • Exterior door and window frames: Alumil
  • External wall insulation: Baumit

Key materials

  • Structural frame: concrete
  • Flooring & interior cladding: oak
  • Exterior flooring & cladding: granite

Image Courtesy © George Fakaros

The retractable iron gate exposes another metal canterleveled  ‘sculpture’  that, along with the linear lighting, leads to the first level. A dark wooden surface running along the wall masks the elevator door , frames the entrance and literally  invades the otherwise bright  light coloured space. At this point the visitor is ‘trapped’ within two perforated elements that mark the waiting area through which he can get  glimpses of the white landscape wrapping around the  perimeter of the space. This synthesis is abruptly interrupted by the roof that shoots up revealing the bright light coming through the huge glazing that frames the city.

Image Courtesy © George Fakaros

Image Courtesy © George Fakaros

Image Courtesy © George Fakaros

Image Courtesy © George Fakaros

Image Courtesy © George Fakaros

Image Courtesy © George Fakaros

Image Courtesy © George Fakaros

Image Courtesy © George Fakaros

Image Courtesy © George Fakaros

Image Courtesy © George Fakaros

Image Courtesy © George Fakaros

Image Courtesy © George Fakaros

Image Courtesy © George Fakaros

Image Courtesy © George Fakaros

Image Courtesy © George Fakaros

Image Courtesy © George Fakaros

Image Courtesy © George Fakaros

Image Courtesy © George Fakaros

Image Courtesy © George Fakaros

Image Courtesy © George Fakaros

Image Courtesy © George Fakaros

Image Courtesy © Panos Nikolaidis & Errica Protestou

Image Courtesy © Panos Nikolaidis & Errica Protestou

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