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- Each project is treated as unique. Placement, location in the urban fabric, orientation, the owners’ requirements and needs, the views and vanishing points, along with a number of other differentiating, and sometimes conflicting, factors are all evaluated in each project. The architectural end-result reflects the unique synthetic interplay of all these elements to create a self-sufficient entity nourished by everyday use.
- The architect recommends, and the client decides. Well, there’s more to that. The client sets the financial and other conditions, as well as the operational requirements, and the architect is tasked with conceiving the shell to best serve those needs. The architect must educate clients who comes from a non-architectural background, as well as gain a deep understanding of the client’s personality and lifestyle. The client, in turn, must be prepared to commit to this unique creative process. Client and architect become friends and associates for a period of time. The architectural project goes beyond design delivery or construction completion. It is a fascinating process of collaboration between the client, the architect and the builder. The end-result is the outcome of this interplay; yet, it will also become a living vessel for many more people to come, for many generations to enjoy without needing to think about it. Perhaps this is the architect’s reward.
- The prerequisites and requirements of each space are individually assessed, and all aspects of construction are meticulously drawn up, informed by a unique style and aiming to achieve optimal integration between architecture and the environment. The terms and conditions specific to each project determine the various aspects of the synthetic whole, which reflect the requirements of the sculptural volume and the consistent use of materials. Our design philosophy focuses on purity of line and a structural approach to materials and colour.
- Materials are the notes of a musical composition expressed in architecture. Concrete, metal, glass, stone, coating, wood and paint are the seven primary elements of an architectural project, orchestrated by lighting. There is no partiality to any single material: each material has a unique character and qualities, and we seek to present it in the best light by integrating it into the whole.
- Attention to every detail in construction, the ongoing experimentation with new materials and keeping abreast of new design trends are indispensable in creating vibrant spaces that resonate with a harmonious blend of the seven primary elements. It is only then that, not only the functionality and quality of construction, but also the elemental structure of a fully developed synthetic concept are realised. In this way, modern becomes classic.
- In interior design, architecture is, by necessity, confined to the given shell. The shell surface is the limit, the boundary within which the analytical and synthetic processes must unfold. Architecture is the production of structured space. The more limitations there are in interior design, the more compositional freedom there is, which can liberate the project from its shell. Ideally, the exterior must reflect the interior. When this is not the case, chamber music is expected to provide a solution.
- The architecture sector in Greece suffers from the complicated regulations of a vague and inconsistent Βuilding Code and its literal implementation, in what should be a creative endeavour par excellence, where a vision for a better life is conspicuous by its absence. Owners, construction companies, contractors and engineers without civic responsibility, all interpret, and even worse, implement the Building Code at will in a self-serving manner. And why not, after all, since the non-existent public administration often rewards them for it by opportunistic offers to legalise irregularities by paying a fine. The reality we all experience in Greek cities needs political will to change; supervisory mechanisms must also be in place to monitor regulation implementation and prevent citizens from becoming a re-election tool for governments. It is only then that the utter devaluation of public space, which we experience daily, may be contained.
- Architectural heritage elements make sense only in the environment where they were conceived and flourished. Blindly following them in contemporary construction results in kitch, except in the rare case when they are structurally and compositionally integrated into modern life.