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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.

UPTOWN RESIDENCES in Athens, Greece by blp architects

 
March 1st, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: blp architects

The complex occupies a whole city block (8.350m2) and consists of seven functionally autonomous but formally continuous buildings. It is situated in Maroussi, an Athenian suburb rapidly transforming into a business and residential metropolitan hub. The three storey volume unfolds over a slightly sloping site totaling an area of 6.500m2, and comprises of 70 apartments, communal spaces and underground parking lots.

Image Courtesy © Charalambos Louizidis

  • Architects: blp architects
  • Project: UPTOWN RESIDENCES
  • Location: Athens, Greece
  • Photography: Charalambos Louizidis
  • Design, completion: 2006 – 2012
  • Area: 6.500 m2
  • Design team: Iro Bertaki , Christina Loukopoulou  Costis Paniyiris.
  • Collaborating architects: Angeliki Sioli , Vilma Agrafioti.
  • Consultants: Athanasiadis & Partners (structural engineers), Elxis SA (mechanical engineers) , Greenways / Skordilis-Chanikian Ltd (planting design)
  • Client: J&P Development SA

First prize, invited architectural competition 2006 

  • Nominated for the European Union Prize for Architecture, Mies van der Rohe Award 2013
  • Distinction, Best built works 2010-2012, ”Domes” international review 2013 Awards
  • Distinction, Best built works 2008-2013, Hellenic Institute of Architecture Award 2013

Image Courtesy © Charalambos Louizidis

Type 

The building is laid out as a rectilinear S that occupies the entire block forming a typological hybrid of the circumferential development of a typical urban block and the modernist suburban development of parallel slabs. Two pedestrian streets cross the block through the open atria that host residential gardens and public spaces in contact with the extensive pilotis.

Image Courtesy © Charalambos Louizidis

Porosity 

The building extends over a large footprint, while at the same time remains relatively low and porous. Several small atria, openings and transparencies combined with mirror pools in the pilotis create a continuous permeable entity that disperses light throughout the volume.

Image Courtesy © Charalambos Louizidis

Athens 

The elevations are marked by the white horizontal stripes of the concrete balcony parapet walls that often extend beyond the balconies as elevated beams. These bands are an abstraction of the generic Athenian balcony and offset the urban limit of the building outside its thermal skin in an attempt to reverse the disintegration of the facade of the Athenian poly-katoikia and redefine the relationship between private and public through this floating discontinuous filter.

Image Courtesy © Charalambos Louizidis

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Image Courtesy © Charalambos Louizidis

Image Courtesy © Charalambos Louizidis

Image Courtesy © Charalambos Louizidis

Image Courtesy © Charalambos Louizidis

Image Courtesy © Charalambos Louizidis

Image Courtesy © Charalambos Louizidis

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