klab architecture: urban cubes
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apr 11, 2012
klab architecture: urban cubes


‘urban cubes’ by klab architecture, pagkrati, athens, greece
image © b. louizidis
all images courtesy of klab architecture

‘urban cubes’ is a residential block in the densely populated district of pagkrati in athens, greece by greek firm klab architecture.
the urban area is set upon hilly and sloping terrain, and with a continuously evolving building code, the existing context is comprised
of a range of single family homes and multi-storey buildings of diverse heights. over time, this process created a mosaic-like setting
and became the starting point for the dual-facade of white stacked cubes. the concrete blocks are cantilevered and shifted to
introduce daylight and ventilation into the interior of each apartment.

lifted on pilotis, the continuity between the opposing streets is maintained while  interior is accessed from a sheltered parking area.
overlooking the main street and a secondary avenue, the structure is halved and joined with a central circulation core,
placing two units on each level. the party walls are designed to introduce light as well, forming a vertical courtyard between each side.
this technique eliminates the bland back wall which arise out of circumstance. the U-shaped configuration generates 14 dwellings
which have equal levels of brightness and outward views.


facade facing the alley
images © b. louizidis


primary colors on the facade facing filolaou street
images © b. louizidis


elevation viewing the main street
image © b. louizidis


stacked facade
images © b. louizidis


upward view
image © b. louizidis


rear elevation
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(left) elevation illuminated at night
(right) view from street at night
images © b. louizidis


a central core joins each half of the building
image © b. louizidis


ground level garage
image © b. louizidis


floor plan / level 0


floor plan / level 1


section


sketch

project info:

built area: 1200m2
plot: 285m2

architect: klab architecture- konstantinos labrinopoulos
design team: konstantinos labrinopoulos, enrique ramirez, kostis anagnostakis
photographer: b. louizidis

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