Ama Lachei at Nefeli's
project: transformation of existing facility to a restaurant
location: Athens, Greece
floor area: 500 m2
400 m2 (courtyard)
year: 2013, 2017
construction: km architecture studio
artwork (wall-cut): teokon design
photos: Lef Tetris, B. Giritziotis
This listed two-storey building, located in a historic neighbourhood of Athens center, dates from late 19th century and was initially designed and functioned (until 1981) as an elementary school. The project involved the renovation of the restaurant, which was established here in the mid 1980s.
The concept was to preserve and highlight the architectural style and the original interior arrangement of the building, along with the unique courtyard (rarely encountered in buildings of Athens centre).
It is the building’s simplicity of geometric form, the distinctive interior space (wide and tall classrooms separated by impressive doors) and the courtyard’s imposing size that implement the quality of intervention, which focuses mainly on removing any additions or alterations and maintaining characteristic elements of the original ...