Plant-covered Facade Renovation for an Apartment Building in Athens

Located on Eratosthenous Street, just a stone’s throw away from the iconic Panathenaic stadium in Athens and across from the Goulandris Museum of Contemporary Art stands a unique residential building block from the 1970s. Its distinctive asymmetrical gridded facade is adorned with lush greenery, creating a striking visual contrast against the surrounding urban landscape.

  • Location: Athens
  • Year: 2022
  • Status: Complete
  • Architectural Design: lowfat architecture + interiors
  • Team: Alexandros Martigopoulos
  • Associate Architect: Stelios Tsaparas, loculus design
  • Construction: lowfat architecture + interiors
  • Construction Manager: Alexandros Patsis
  • Photography: Panagiotis Voumvakis
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The exterior of an existing typical 1970s block of flats is undergoing renovation, emphasising aesthetics and energy efficiency. The use of light wooden vertical elements complements the geometric form of the facades. This operation aims to eliminate the separation of the view from the old existing slices of the balconies, enclosing them in regular geometric frames.

Metal beams are used to support climbing plants that provide shade to the building’s facades. The plants grow in watered metal pots which are also incorporated into the protective railings of the balconies. This approach not only enhances the building’s appearance, but also contributes to its overall sustainability and eco-friendly design.