GREY MATTER shops and officesEdit profile
The site is located at Pikermi of Attica. It is on Marathonos street and it is facing a main highway road, in a main road junction with a vertical road that leads to major industrial building of the area. It has been decided the creation of a mixed use building complex with offices and retail shops. The choice of location for the differed uses leaded us in main functional decisions. With façade at Marathonos street the complex welcomes the visitor in a sheltered courtyard. The building utilizes the maximum possible façade for the shop windows towards Marathonos street and with an arcade it connects the entrance area with a private plaza of a café shop. By defining the people circulation vertically to Marathonos street we transfer the vehicles circulation parametrical to the site by using the northern part of the site as a parking space as well as compartment of the ground floor. At the ground floor with the one way car circulation it is achieved an easy access and a convenient parking space close to the storages and the shops’ mechanical service areas. The top floor of the complex accommodated independent office spaces or space with internal connection with the ground level. The offices are located parallel with the sites limits. Thereby, a suspended area of 10 meters above the entrance courtyard has been created. This suspended volume bridges the two independent volumes at the ground floor and shelters the courtyard and meanwhile it defines the façade of the complex and makes it visible from both car directions. Morphologically the use of metallic structure for the achievement of large openings is obvious at the structure. Also wooden cladding has been used at the building which creates a warm and cozy environment and a light structure as well.