The project involves a mixed use building in downtown Thessaloniki, right in the heart of the commercial district. Given the restrictions of size and shape of the city lot, the design develops two identical “slice” masses that face a central, vertical open space. This approach provides all the spaces with maximum exterior exposure to light and ventilation.
The covered court also creates a shaded and cooling garden space that is planted with a lot of green to create a positive micro-climate. The base of the building houses the commercial zone with its own small plaza. The six upper floors house apartments, studios and office spaces, while the penthouses accommodate luxury apartments.
The main structure is a concrete frame. On its exterior surface is attached a metal frame that creates the balconies, the canopies and the planting boxes. The floors and parapets of the balconies are made of security glass to create a light and reflective appearance, while the planting boxes are carefully located to “dress” the building with cascading greenery, as well isolating the individual spaces and balconies.
Both buildings have green roofs that will not only absorb heat, decreasing the tendency towards thermal air movement, but will also filter the air moving across them, providing a public benefit to the area.
45 Vas. Irakliou St., Thessaloniki, Greece
Published: KTIRIO+DESIGN architectural magazine, December 2008 Presented: • Participation in the architectural exhibition “Projects that could change the City” – “Thessaloniki otherwise”, Commercial and Industrial Chamber, June 2010