In the late 1950s, Constantinos Doxiadis, one of the leading figures of modern Greek architecture, was looking for a site to build his new company's Athens offices. He selected a plot in the pine-clad foothills of Mount Lycabettus, a vantage point that afforded sweeping views of the city as far as the sea. Doxiadis calculated that his top-floor office would be the same height as the Parthenon, so the view would be not only phenomenal - it would be unique.
Doxiadis Associates' headquarters expanded as the architectural practice grew.
The complex eventually consisted of four wings built around an atrium. One wing was devoted to the first schools of design in Greece. Another wing housed the Graduate School of Ekistics, or the science of human settlement, a new concept in urban planning developed by Doxiadis.
Transparent, open, and engaging, the building was designed to integrate with the urban fabric. The courtyard was modelled on the traditional Greek village square to instil a sense of community among staff and students. A fountain marked the ancient source of the Iridanos River.
Beyond it was an emblem of the future: the first computer in Greece installed behind a glass screen. Poets and painters presented their work in a spectacular lecture hall on the ground floor. The building was a hub of creativity, a hotbed of ideas, a place where new theories took shape.
Constantinos Doxiadis was a man of extraordinary vision who changed the face of many 20th century cities, from Rio de Janeiro to Islamabad. His spirit lives on, in this iconic landmark in central Athens.
The Architect Divercity
Project: Conversion of Doxiadis office building to One Athens Apartment building
Location: Athens, Greece
Project Status: Under construction
Contractor: J & P- Avax
Photos: Christina Tsouma and Marina Vernikou
One Athens Apartment Building, currently under construction, is a conversion of a well known 1950s landmark, originally designed by Constantinos Doxiadis, one of the leading figures of modern Greek architecture. Located in the foothills of Mount Lycabettus, the site was also the headquarters of Doxiadis and home to Athen's technological institute and first computer. One Athens will be a luxury housing complex consisting of 4 multi-storey buildings containing 25 lofts, apartments, duplexes, penthouses, and townhouses.
The key idea is to keep the volume of the original building, where the... Read More
The Developer Cyclamino
Cyclamino S.A. is a partnership between the Joannou family and Miltos Kambourides.
The Joannou family's core business is construction and concessions through J&P (Overseas) and J&P-AVAX, where Dakis Joannou is Chairman and his son Christos is an Executive Director. The family is also active in shipping, quick service restaurants, real estate, and hotels including the Semiramis (designed by Karim Rashid), New (designed by the Campana brothers) and the Athenaeum Intercontinental. The Jean Nouvel Tower in Nicosia, is the latest real estate development which was recently completed via Nice Day Developers. Dakis Joannou, is one of the world's foremost collectors of contemporary art. His collection has been shown at the New Museum in New York and the Palais de Tokyo in Paris. Finally, the family has created the Christos Stelios Ioannou Foundation in Cyprus for children with special needs, the Ioannou Center for Byzantine and Classical Studies at Oxford University and the Stelios Ioannou Library is under construction at the University of Cyprus.
Miltos Kambourides is the founder and Managing Partner of Dolphin Capital Partners (DCP). DCP was founded in 2004 and is an investment company, specializing in real estate investments. DCP's main investment vehicle is Dolphin Capital Investors (DCI), the largest real estate company by net assets listed on AIM (Alternative Investment Market) of the London Stock Exchange. Since its inception in 2005, DCI has raised almost €1 billion of equity funds and has grown to become a leading global real estate investor and developer of beachfront leisure integrated resorts in Southeastern Europe and the Americas, like Amanzoe (www.amanzoe.com). Amanzoe, managed by Amanresorts (www.amanresorts.com), is the first phase of the Porto Heli Collection (www.portohelicollection.com) and opened in summer 2012 to rave reviews from the international press and guests alike; it is the first villa-integrated Aman resort in Europe and arguably the most exclusive development in Greece today. DCP recently established a new investment vehicle, Dolphin Capital Opportunities (DCO), which focuses on hotel investments in Greece.
Επειτα από περιπέτειες και αντεγκλήσεις ετών, το εμβληματικό αρχιτεκτόνημα μεταπολεμικού αθηναϊκού μοντερνισμού της οδού Στρατιωτικού Συνδέσμου μετατρέπεται σε μια πρότυπη οικιστική «κυψέλη» 26 αυτόνομων κατοικιών. Η μία μάλιστα έχει ήδη ολοκληρωθεί.
The Contractor J&P-AVAX
With an unrivalled track record ranging from large-scale public works to high-end real estate projects, J&P AVAX has established a reputation as one of the leading construction companies in South Eastern Europe. From Olympic stadiums to airports, highways to hospitals, corporate headquarters to luxury hotels, the J&P-AVAX group of companies boasts substantial expertise in the delivery of projects across a wide range of budgets and technical specifications.
J&P-AVAX is one of the largest concession owners and operators in Greece owning significant stakes in Attiki Odos, and the Rion-Antirrion bridge. Several of Athens' top hotels, including Semiramis, 21, Periscope, Pendelikon, Intercontinental and Ledra Marriott were built by J&P-AVAX. The company is also the major shareholder and main contractor of the luxurious Limassol Marina project. The company is also actively involved in projects in Cyprus, Romania and Poland and is part of the J&P overseas the J&P (Overseas) group , one of the largest construction groups in the Middle East (Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE, Libya, Jordan), responsible for building the Four Seasons Sharm El Sheikh, the Al Bustan Palace Muscat, the Doha Intercontinental, the Foster + partners Partners designed newly built Queen Alia International Airport in Amman Jordan.
Vasso’s Gavaisse art work at the entrance of “One Athens” show apartment.