SPARCH

NBG Insurance Headquarters / Athens, Greece

2017

National Insurance Headquarters

The building completes the corner of an important building block of the historic center of Athens. It comprises of a basic volume, parts of which are subtracted in such a way as to maintain the readability of the primary volume. Its main elevation on Aeolou Street is in close dialogue with the neighboring neoclassical Main Building.

A hierarchy of facades, readability of floorplans, use of geometry and symmetry, simplicity of form, together with the relationship of the building to the archaeological findings and the natural light, represent the basic themes of the composition.

The void in the interior lets natural light to enter. Space expands from the moat of the ancient wall, 9 m. below, visible through the glass floor of the 1st floor, to a height of 17 m. to the skylight on top. What becomes subtracted from the volume, what from mass changes to void, is flooded by light that becomes a strong compositional element.

CREDITS

Architectural design: Rena Sakellaridou & Morpho Papanikolaou (SPARCH), Mario Botta

Collaborating Architects: M. Pelli, Α. Boudouridou, Β. Karaoglou, Y. Adilenidou, F. Kokkinomagoulou, , Α. Rektsini, Α. Kotzamani, Γ. Karakostas, Μ. Moumoulika, Μ. Daniel, Γ. Anagnostellis, Ε. Batsou, Α. Pappa, G. Papadakis.

Students: V. Arampatzaki, Α. Kassios, Ν. Kotaki, Μ. Tsarouhi

Civil engineers: Pagonis – Chroneas – Kinatos S. A.

Collaborating engineer: Κ. Polyhronopoulos

Mechanical Engineers: H. Papakonstantinou, Emm. Toumbakaris

Substructure Consultant: Kastor Ltd.

Traffic Engineering: S. Konstantinidis

Fire Safety Consultant: Η. Schattenmann

Acoustic Design Consultant: T. Timagenis

Lighting Consultants: DPA lighting consultants, L+DG lighting consultants 

Signage: 3 in a box

Landscape Design: P. Karageorgos, E. Kallinikou

3D Representation: ANAPARASTASIS

Photos: P. Musi

SPARCH SAKELLARIDOU / PAPANIKOLAOU ARCHITECTS / All rights reserved / 2019

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