Located in the northern suburbs of Athens, the imposing stone-built edifice that accommodates the Kindergarten Nipiaki Agogi Anna Raftopoulou, was recently renovated by the Athens based Architectural firm PROPLUSMA ARKITEKTONES. In view of the distinct historical identity of the building, which still stands as a prolific example of the iconic architectural style of the Greek interwar period (originally designed by the distinguished Architect N. Zoumpoulidis), the main intention of PROPLUSMA ARKITEKTONES was to highlight the particular morphological elements of the kindergarten`s premises, by creating a bold and contemporary design for the building’s interior spaces.
To cite a recent interview of the project’s leading architects, Eugenia Manta and Michail Provelengios: “Designing for children aged 2-6 years old can be quite a challenging task. We wanted to create a space that will embrace the children and allow them a great deal of spaciousness and flexibility in their movement, also by keeping up with their specific needs and various activities”.
On the basis of the above, the outcome of the project proved to be a sui generis, highly detail-oriented design that showed considerable alertness and sensitivity for the children, by also creating an environment which is comfortable and joyful, while at the same time being adjusted to all necessary safety and hygiene standards.
Indeed, a strong presence of artistic vein combined with a vibrant palette of colors is evident throughout the kindergarten’s interior spaces, thus creating a vigorous environment that triggers the eye and stimulates every child’s imagination.
Such a transformable spatial experience makes you feel like a child once again…
Facts & Credits:
Name: Nipiaki Agogi
Location: Athens, Greece
Architects: PROPLUSMA ARKITEKTONES
Design Architects: Eugenia Manta, Michail Provelengios
Design Team: Vilma Kotrokoi, Ani Krikorian, Sotiris Tseronis
Photographer: Nikos Alexopoulos
About the architects
PROPLUSMA ARKITEKTONES is a fast-growing architectural firm founded in 2006 by the architects Eugenia Manta and Michail Provelengios, and supported by several associates (architects & designers). Its headquarters are based in the capital of Greece, Athens, and its branch offices in the city of Hermoupolis (in the island of Syros).
After several years of work on a great array of design and construction projects in various scales and typologies, PROPLUSMA ARKITEKTONES has grown to become a multidisciplinary design firm, capable of efficiently realizing a wide range of projects that extend from luxury residential complexes to cutting-edge healthcare facilities and from corporate headquarters to rural conservation areas of historical importance. The working experience of PROPLUSMA ARKITEKTONES indeed covers the whole spectrum of architectural design, on the basis of an accumulated comprehensive knowledge and know-how on different aspects of construction and design management.