Sikalias Pharmacy is located in Peristeri, a densely populated neighborhood of Athens (Greece), and operates since 1967. In this project, KDI CONTRACT was commissioned to unify the design of the existing 4-storey building that accommodates the pharmacy, in order to communicate to the public the commitment on scientific research and prevention and, at the same time, promote the specialized services provided.
The project proved particularly challenging, given a number of constraints related to the building’s existing structural conditions and the site’s surrounding constructions.
The objective was accomplished by designing and applying to the front facade a perforated metallic mantle – full of motion, covering the full height of the building. The design of the facade, apart from its architectural concept, was studied in order to enhance the energy efficiency of the building.
This was achieved by providing the appropriate shading and at the same time allowing, through the facade’s openings, the air flow to the interior, during the hot summer months. The final outcome is greatly defined by the architectural lighting used both at the side-wall of the building and the interior of the metallic facade, with the use of special led-technology light features.
KDI CONTRACT’s design team took a step further by studying, from scratch, the colors and the brand logo, giving them a new dynamic.
Source of inspiration was the “tree” as a symbol of life, formed by the use of words that are inextricably related to the philosophy of the brand. The newly designed logo was artistically rendered and hand-drawn, thus referring to the urban art and graffiti culture of the metropolis. The enlargement of the “tree” to near-monumental proportions and its implementation on the side-wall of the building add to an impressive result.Project Details:Architects: KDI CONTRACTProject Team: Dimitris Konstantinidis, Argyri MargaritiConstruction: KDI CONTRACTLocation: Athens, GreeceYear: 2014 – 2015Text: Yiannis KourtalisPhotographs: Giannis GiannelosWebsite: www.kdi.gr.