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Interior remodeling of house
Interior remodeling of house
Interior remodeling of house

Interior remodeling of house

Armatolon street, Panorama-Voula

Design period: 05/2007 – 07/2007
Construction period: 11/2006 – 02/2008
Site area: 494, 05 m²
Total floor area: 145, 31 m²
Total volume: 524, 06 m³
Proprietary status: private project.

The site is located in Panorama, Voula.
It slopes considerably and has a north-east
orientation and a sea view. It is
occupied by three maisonettes, designed and
built by another firm, one on top of the
other, in recession from the lower one
which stands on the street. The
buyers of the middle dwelling commissioned
us to design and supervise the interior.
There was very little that we could do on

the outside because of the need to secure the
external uniformity of the complex in
relation to the initial design.
The house is developed on three
levels. On the middle level, which is
the entry point, the living areas are
located in one open plan space. From that
point and downwards are the auxiliary
spaces; on the next level are the bedrooms
and bathrooms. The project

assignment was made when the construction had
already progressed, that is, after the
internal partition walls of the building
were completed and plastering was
finished. However, with the collaboration
of the contractor we made some crucial
alterations, so that there was no spatial
fragmentation. As a result, the plan
zoning was now unified, coherent,
functional, and allowed the provision of

additional storage space. In
order to fully utilise the exceptional
view to the sea, we merged the existing
fragmented openings on that elevation into
one large glazed surface leading to the
wooden plank deck. The need to minimise any
thermal loss through this large north-east
facing opening was met by introducing
insulated aluminum window profiles with
thermal breaks and low emissivity double

glazing, insulated with argon gas at the
interstices. The internal
staircase was challenging from an aesthetic
and compositional point of view.
Initially, it was constructed in
reinforced concrete in order to be
eventually sheathed with marble or wood.
This heavy construction had a negative
impact to the overall image of the room,
agitating the balance between the dark point

where the stair is located and the full
glazed front across it. The new staircase
is a light and transparent construction,
combining metal frame, wooden steps and a
safety glass banister: the quality of the
space is greatly improved.

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