Georges Batzios, Spyros Kleissas, Stavros Frantzios, Olga Keleki, Emma Mathioudaki, Georgia Soultana, Rea Skarmalioraki
MOB concerns the construction of a new four-storey office building in the municipality of Maroussi. The basic aim of the architectural design is to create a synthesis in direct relationship with nature, making the boundaries of the interior and exterior space indistinguishable. The building volume, taking advantage of the favourable provisions of the legislation in relation to protrusions, is born with a pure rectangular prism as its basis, which is deconstructed by the application of a strict, initially two-dimensional grid on its south and north sides, to create the glazing of the shell. This grid then evolves into a three-dimensional one by removing areas of the block. The result of this compositional choice is the creation of a dynamic spatial framework, which accommodates both enclosed spaces and outdoor planted open spaces.
The main façade is formed as a sculpture, where the void clearly prevails over the full. In this way, the office spaces enjoy unobstructed natural light, transparency and visual escapes to the south.
At the same time, the open spaces escape from the narrow confines of the dimensions of the grid and vary in size and height, presenting an escalation and an ascending course towards the roof of the building. In the final image of the project, nature plays a leading role and users have direct contact with the planted surfaces at every level of the superstructure.
The main pedestrian entrance is created on the south side with the construction of a platform with widened steps, which smoothly covers the difference in height between the pavement and the ground floor level. Two kinds of contradictory conditions are therefore present in the building: the rigidity of the exterior space and the fluidity of movement of the interior space, which encourages the spirit of co-creation and cooperation.