The fundamental principle of the study was to introduce the “day” zone to the south, not only for bio-climatic reasons, but also to assure direct accessibility from the courtyard and unobstructed see to the opposite grove. The bedroom zone, with access to a private 1st floor balcony enabled by the plot’s slope, was transferred to the northwest side.
It was determined to sustain intact and visible the method of beams and pillars on the north side, which was the outcome of the previous densely partitioned strategy. This remained as the “old rooting system”, over which the new residence evolved, and enabled to sustain the total height of 3 meters in the “day” zone- residing space, dining space and kitchen. To the northwest side balcony a pergola for climbing plants was made, to defend from the west and create a natural privacy filter from the opposite neighboring properties.
The constructing was completely stripped up to the bearing structure. All installations were dismantled (electrical power, water, heat, sewage). Pillars and beams were reinforced with FRPs. A new technique for autonomous heating was installed, making use of all-natural gas. All masonry and superstructure had been thermally insulated. The new aluminum frames have been chosen to have thermal breaks and insulated glazing with particular coatings. Both residence zones can be cross ventilated to lessen the need for artificial cooling for the duration of the summertime period.
The undertaking was selected for the 7th Biennale of Young Greek Architects, December 2012
Task: REDEVELOPMENT – RECONSTRUCTION OF A GROUND-FLOOR APARTMENT
Location: ATHENS, GREECE
CONSTRUCTED Region: 128 SQ. M.
Development 12 months: 2008-2009
ARCHITECT: NAFSIKA TZANOU
CONSULTING ENGINEERS: E. SKARI, CIVIL ENGINEER
H. PANGALOU, LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT