Kolonaki, Athens Greece
In the middle of Athens Kolonaki is an affluent district where designer brands crowd the ground floor of polykatoikia blocks. Behind one such building a quiet alley leads to steps that descend down to an old storage basement. Beneath heavy concrete infrastructure this space has curiously good proportions and an unusual arrangement of two small chambers reminiscent of crypts or wine cellars. It was these qualities that attracted Yiorgos to consider building a beautiful flat in such an unlikely place. Our aim was to make very elegant rooms in a very restricted space. To do this we exaggerated colours, patterns and ornaments to form a vivid and formal apartment in miniature.