Athens Contemporary Architecture tourAthens, Greece
An urban self-guided audio walking tour to explore Athens’ contemporary architecture. Discover credible and original stories written by top local professionals. Take your tour now and enjoy it instantly on your smartphone device.
Athens contemporary architecture promotes a different view of this city, full of intricate buildings, each with a story worth discovering. Through this walking tour you will unearth masterpieces of contemporary architecture hiding in plain sight, and you will come to know the stories behind present-day Athens.
The tour begins on Lempessi Street, better known as “the Art alley”, across from the Acropolis Museum in the Makrygianni neighborhood. Here stands an office building designed in 2009 by ISV Architects in collaboration with interior designer Maria Koutsouridou. Then you move north, towards Dionysiou Areopagitou Street, where you can enjoy the simple elegance of the new Greek Tourism Organisation Infopoint, dedicated to the Acropolis and the new Acropolis Museum.
The Acropolis Museum needs no introduction and has gained world recognition and justified fame. But just around the corner lies Six Thresholds, an innovative and inspired playground that has attracted international attention and acclaim.
As we move further into the heart of Koukaki, we are thrilled to discover Urban Stripes, an apartment building designed in 2013 by the architectural firm Klab Architecture (Kinetic Lab of architecture) that was nominated in 2014 for the Mies Van der Rohe European contemporary architecture awards. Equally impressive is the renovated Fix Brewery that houses the National Museum of Contemporary Art. The tour concludes at the foot of Philopappos Hill with a visit to three seminal residential buildings that give new meaning to the housing stock of this densely populated area.
Highlights include the upgrading of a listed building with the addition of an extension —a plain rectangular volume— that infuses the old edifice with an austere style that features few details and protrusions; the ingenious solutions employed by the architects of the Acropolis Museum when they were asked to accommodate an ancient Athenian neighborhood among the foundations of the new museum; and the revival of the traditional Athenian house plan in a contemporary fashion that creates a hospitable and serene space right beneath the busy Acropolis archaeological site.
1. Office Building in MakrygianniIn one of the most famed and artistic streets in Athens, Lempessi street, lies this unique office building, am exemplar of contemporary Athenian architecture.
2. Urban StripesBetween the modern architecture as expressed in T. Zenetos’ Fix building and B. Tschumi’s Acropolis Museum, Urban Stripes, located in Koukaki, offers a contemporary view of the Athenian apartment building.
3. The box-houseThe box-house is a peculiar residence and cultural events space in the Koukaki area, awarded for its architectural value and design concept.
The Art alley
Office Building in MakrygianniLocated on Lempessi street, better known as “the Art alley”, across the Acropolis Museum in the Makrygianni neighborhood, stands an office building designed in 2009 by ISV Architects in collaboration with interior designer Maria Koutsouridou. The building lies on top the ruins of a villa urbana —an urban mansion— of late antiquity and has been appropriately designed to allow views towards the ruins.
Urban StripesThe façade’s design was based on a linear typology, following the windows of the nearby FIX factory. The openings of each apartment, of different sizes and locations, define the views to the urban fabric and filter natural light where necessary. In contrast to the linearity of the windows, the balconies are of a different shape, resembling to the ones of the nearby buildings. The white colour of the façade is a contrast to the mainly grey surroundings and reflects the hot sunrays of the summer.
The box-houseThe building is located in a densely built area, close to the Filopappos hill. The residence is constructed between two existing buildings viewing the street and the back yard. The design concept is based on Aris Konstantinidis’ theory on the notion of the residence as a primal livable box, essentially a “life container”. The building is designed as a box protecting private living from the public space. The façade offers protection and controlled contact with the outside, thus its simplicity integrates the building to its surroundings.
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|Address||Office Building in Makrygianni|
|Starting point||5 Lempesi, Athens (Metro Station Acropolis)|
|Finishing point||78 Genneou Kolokotroni, Athina|
|Areas||Philopappos Ηill, Fix, Koukaki, Plaka|
Why take a self-guided tour?
This is a self-guided tour based on the award-winning storytelling concept developed by Clio Muse and the fascinating narratives prepared by our handpicked destination experts.
You can enjoy each multilingual tour by using your smartphone or tablet at your own pace even if you are offline. The interactive map on your screen will guide you step-by-step as you explore all points of interest along your route. Each stop comes with a selection of our signature stories allowing you to tailor the tour experience to your personal interests and schedule.
After downloading Clio Muse app, you can access this tour and activate it any moment you wish and also repeat it any time. To best enjoy our multimedia self-guided tour (comprising maps, video, audio and text) we recommend the use of headphones.
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