H1002 is a residential project situated in the heart of Athens. The plot is located in Spefsipou Street, in Kolonaki district, one of the most beautiful neighborhoods in the center of the city and it is connected to a neoclassical building, built in 1870. The main idea was to create spaces using physical transparency, an idea made simply possible by using frosted glass as a prominent feature of the building. The blurry transparent cell lights up also the interior spaces. Transparency is a medium to open up closed spaces to light and air. Panels of frosted glass are used also on the inside of each property, on each wall, and by the use of hidden lights inside of them it gives the feeling of natural light penetrating the residence. Therefore, it creates multiple readings of spatial relationships and their connections. It allows a flexibility in the organization of the composition. The connection between the space of two separate levels/planes result not only in a visual increase of the size of spaces but also produces ambiguous spatial relationships: the spatial zones are differentiated and at the same time combined, united. Consequently, transparency as a means bears the possibility of optical spatial groupings. Arcs decorating the facades of the building play also an essential role to the aesthetics of the overall, creating a more relaxing and welcoming environment, as a reminiscent of the past while being conteporary as well. The building is composed by 5 different properties (one connected to the neoclassical building), all of them with a great view as the building is oriented towards Lycabettus hill, one of the most iconic sight-seeings in the city of Athens.
Credits: - 314 architecture studio - Director - Pavlos Chatziangelidis