“Art 1 Office” by neiheiser argyros
in Athens, Greecehe is 40 years old Action complex It’s completely stripped down to its core Conceiving it Nowadays as “Art 1 Office” by Nehiser Argyros. What was once a confusing, crumbling mess of geometric clashes, is now untangled and reconfigured into twelve separate blocks, each with the logic of cladding and interior atmosphere.
In the foreground, the renovated building adopts a more subdued material expression, with discrete variations of white, grey, black and gold. A new curtain wall covering the highest frontal volume is paired with molded-in-place terrazzo steps, marking the front entrance.
At the back, the color palette gets even more playful. The elevator sports pale turquoise tiles. The main staircase reveals black and white stripes, complemented by yellow windows; The service area is clad in pink, while the open office space is clad in blue metallic panels. “Splashes of color were distributed throughout the building, both indoors and outdoors, Practice adds.
Inject new color, texture, and spatial expressions
Furthermore, the ‘Art 1 Office’ has been reoriented by the Neiheiser Argyros team to take advantage of its location, adjacent to a nature park, with new large openings cut into the existing solid walls, each opening up the views and bringing in ample daylight to compensate for the low ceilings. Crowning a green roof and circular pergola, the building hosts smaller shaded outdoor workspaces, a bar, and a large event space where new forms of exchange and dialogue can unfold.
upward street view | Image © Giorgos Sfakianakis
“The building incorporates a range of sustainability strategies – high-performance insulation and windows, use of local natural materials, low-energy MEP systems, charging stations and bike parking, integrated photovoltaic panels – and achieves the highest local energy efficiency rating of A+,“ Architects note.
As for the interior, the existing black marble floors have been restored, while the ceilings have been stripped to show the original irregular concrete moldings. This mixture of refined and rough materials creates balance and a common thread throughout all floors, allowing custom furniture on each level to project its unique identity. This ranges from three large marble seating items on one floor to a bright red perforated metal bookcase on another and two large cross-seating tables on the third floor. Finally, on the ground floor, a wide red terrazzo staircase that also serves as an amphitheater for events and projections connects to a light-filled mezzanine.
Multicolor composition | Image © Giorgos Sfakianakis
Aerial view of the building and rooftop garden | Image © Giorgos Sfakianakis