Hiboux architecture have completed the renovation of a small office space for a cinema production company in a 60s building in downtown Athens. The former three-separate-space office was unified to a long and narrow space with a wide front opening and a rear window allowing a natural cross ventilation and illumination. The space can be divided again in three distinct functions/areas or function as a whole. Fluidity of the unified space is achieved through two separating elements-doors that reflect the big façade window as another fluid opening to the terrace and regulate the separation.
The separating elements are a double asymmetrical pivot door and a triple sliding glazed door, former window of the office.
Reuse and incorporation of former elements prevailed as design decision. The old mosaic floor was re polished and cut into a new pattern to accommodate needed infrastructure, and an old marble sink reinstalled, both typical elements of mass 60s Athenian design. The existing red ceiling was repainted together with the red skirting board and the wooden former window was turned to a triple sliding separating element.
A multiple use of the space was among the basic requirements, it can function as an office for up to 20 people working at the peak frenzies of a film production, as a projection space when the wide front window is turned to a screen, as a guest house in the most handy spot of Athens old market area or a studio shooting rehearsals for the movies together with storage space needed for the company’s archive. The elements-furniture or the different uses are scattered through out the space as to optimize all possible combinations of functions.
Photography: Panos Kokkinias