The building is located in the area of Akti Kondyli in Piraeus (between Agios Dionysios and H.S.A.P. Station). This particular area is evidently paved very early and in the right way. Buildings began to be built on it from the middle of the 19th century. Most were warehouses, machine shops and small crafts, which were natural to be created in an area so close to the port. There were also a smaller number of important neoclassical houses.
As for the commercial buildings, many survive to this day despite the fact that the area is poorly protected as a heritage site. These either continue to be used as before, or have other uses (even entertainment centers). What we have to emphasize is that most of them have undergone enormous alterations, in order to acquire new uses or in the effort to maintain them as they are to continue housing warehouses, machine shops, etc. The result is that many of them now have an indifferent look and even degrading for the whole area.
This particular building
This particular building is one of the most impressive aesthetically. It is built with “yellow” solid old bricks, which have been exposed in the elevations from the upper horizontal section downwards. In its original state the building was plastered and painted with the familiar old ocher. What “attracts” the eye to this building is that: It gives a sense of great height and volume, which however “breaks” with the large windows – “arches” and “arches” and the horizontal and vertical projections made by the bricks at selected points.
Internally, the building must have had flooring throughout the first floor, which must have been removed or reduced around the perimeter inside, at the time it was used as a club (late ’90s) (item reserved).
The date of construction is unknown. The construction of bricks and not of stone and the whole style (referring also to similar buildings of known date) probably lead to the decade 1910 – 1920.
Do not completely alter these buildings internally.
Regardless of this building, we would like to mention: In Greece, among all others, the phenomenon is observed in order for buildings of this type to be reused, to be completely altered internally, and this is also considered an achievement. It may seem interesting and innovative, but it is destructive and unacceptable. We will repeat that some strong interventions for serious reasons of usability are justified. The final destruction and alteration of the interior as it has been observed to be done, is something for which those who do it will be accused in the future as the destroyers of the architectural heritage.
Available for rent Commercial House-Craft building from the real estate agency BOUGLA REAL ESTATE AND MORE, on the provincial road from Krini to Achladochori.
7 acre plot fenced with a wall and screen, sliding gate entrance, with a large frontage on a high traffic road. The building consists of a 175 m2 craft space with a 100 m2 mezzanine where there is an office, changing rooms, 2 WCs and 25 m2 office space with a 25 m2 mezzanine, with office space – kitchen – WC.
The location of the property is a 24-hour traffic hub and the building is suitable for logistics, crafts, agricultural machinery and tools, animal feed and veterinary clinic, agricultural center, gas station and car wash, etc. Call us at 2431772913 to arrange an appointment to see it and for more information.
The free ground floor space (pilotis) gives height to the building for better sunlight and ventilation of the floors, unifies the green spaces, ensures comfortable movement of staff, customers and products and, finally, acts as a dividing zone between the basement, where the production is located (cutting and sewing clothes) and the floors.
The basement is lighted and ventilated by the pilotis floor with large side skylights sloping towards the greens.
The first floorused as an exhibition and retail space.
The second includes the administration offices, the accounting office and the design offices.
Finally, on the third floor , which communicates internally with the fourth , is the apartment of the owner-entrepreneur.
Externally, the frame of the building, most of the infill elements, as well as the parapets, planters and vertical curtains, are made of exposed concrete, while some surfaces have rough, combed white plaster. The frames are made of aluminum with brown anodization.
The roof, the fifth face of the building, visible from the surrounding taller buildings, is equipped with pergolas, awnings and planters and offers during the summer months the possibility for social and business events, including fashion shows.
A mesh of pipes, slats, betovergs, wire ropes, tensioners and sailcloth create a light shell that surrounds the volume of the building, breaking up its monolithicity and acting as a filter.
In combination with the deep, double-sided planters, it creates a microclimate almost non-existent in the current reality of Athens.
Composite thermal insulation curtains have been used internationally for the siding of buildings for several decades. Following the developments in material technology, they have evolved into a modern material of high performance and aesthetics, fully responding to construction requirements. These are prefabricated curtains, consisting of a core of heat-insulating material, which is lined on both sides with metal plates, for the external and internal sides of the building shell.
the main synthetic ideas of the building are summarized on the one hand in the intention to create a simple, clear and compact building, which has the ability to interact both with its outdoor space and with the urban fabric in which it is part, negating at the same time the sense of solid volume, and on the one hand to highlight the role of the outdoor public space, which is invited to enter the building to highlight the existing ancient findings and permeate all its levels until its “discharge” at its crowning.