Art Warehouse interior view from mezzanine
Art Warehouse interior view from mezzanine

Art Warehouse

Location: Dilesi, Boeotia, Greece
Typology: Cultural
Status: Completed
Year of completion: 2010
Built Area: 75 m²
Plot Area: 4.000 m²
Client: Alexandros Liapis
Photography: Yiannis Hadjiaslanis

Project Team

Architecture: Praxitelis Kondylis
Structural engineering: Panagiotis Karras

Awards & Distinctions

Honorable mention in the category ‘Best first building by a young architect of the years 2009-2013’ in Domes Awards 2014

Distinction by the Architecture Awards 2013, Hellenic Institute of Architecture

Finalist in the Architizer A+ Awards 2013  in the Category of Cultural Art Galleries, N.Y., U.S.A.

Distinction at the 6th Biennale of Greek Young Architects, Hellenic Institute of Architecture

Nominee for the Piranesi Award 2009, Piran Days of
Architecture, Slovenia

Nestled between olive, oleander and cypress trees, painter and sculptor Alexandros Liapis wanted to build his new art studio on a 4.000m² plot. The new workshop is a few meters from the artist’s residence in Dilesi, Boeotia (ancient Delion). Part of the surrounding landscape was also transformed into an outdoor sculpture gallery, hosting the artist’s creations.

The design approach of the new studio was inspired by the economy of the way it could be implemented. The structure is characterized by construction honesty and the need for a disciplined plasticity which converses with the spirit of the Greek landscape. The new structure is comprised of fair-faced reinforced concrete. It was completed in three separate phases, these include: the base – foundation slab, the building’s shell and the dome. The dome, a timeless architectural element spanning from antiquity to Modernism, interacts with the intimate space of the artist’s house, the “cell”.

The new structure is located in the north-south axis of the plot and its orthogonal plan is divided into 3 areas: the overhang of the balcony on the south, which is used as an access, the artist’s workspace and finally the attic in the north, which serves as storage space. A staircase connects the two levels, with cantilevered concrete steps that also serve as exhibition stands for the artist’s works. The horizontal openings in the walls follow the sun’s trajectory and address the need for interior lighting and ventilation.