In the apartment complex “Dryades” in Kifissia, work of the internationally renowned architects Tombazis Alexandros and Mouzakis Ioannis in 1975, we were commissioned the reconstruction of a four-member family apartment, which occupies the fifth and sixth floors of one of the six towers. The construction of this complex was realized with prefabricated concrete elements for the slabs and walls, and in-situ concrete construction for the flooring, elements which were very innovative at that time. Therefore, a key element of our design was to map the strong architectural principles of modernism throughout the building and highlight them, through a simple design of interventions aiming at a combination of contrasts and uniformity.
The architectural elements that highlighted the historical value of the complex were not only preserved but highlighted as well in our design, and those that needed to be replaced were replaced with modern materials, while retro materials and colors, mainly in the bathrooms, were redefined following the modern trends. Both the choice of materials, the various furniture and lighting, as well as the constructions that we designed, are strongly reminiscent of the characteristics of the 70’s while at the same time, they exude the dynamism of the modern era, reminding us of the inseparable relationship and the influence of various art trends in architecture.
Forty years later, modernism is an insurmountable movement of art and architecture, an inexhaustible reservoir of design ideas and, consequently, of lifestyle.