The optical shop C_29 / ’Optimist’, is an interwar listed building of a total surface 90m2 and is located in the centre of Chalkida.

The space is airy and expands along the central market and the back courtyard / patio which is formed in the core of the building. The building itself is a composite construction with the ground floor being made of bearing masonry and the two floors of reinforced concrete bearer and filling brickwork.

The main design aspect was the creation of a gradient technique in the texture of materiality in order to emphasize the reflection and the absorbance of light. This gradient tool continues to exist and plays a significant role even to the choice of materials, resulting in their sound existence or their theoretical absence in the formed space. Some utilitarian objects are transformed into prismatic sculptures.

The courtyard space is defined by an imaginary cube. What is more is that the plan does not allow visual contact to the courtyard and the shop. Therefore, there is formed a wall at an angle of 45 degrees in the intermediate space fully covered by mirror , which results in visual continuity between the two spaces.














































About

Pavlos Chatziangelidis founded 314 architecture studio in 2004. He studied civil engineering in National Technical University of Athens 1996-2002 and architecture engineering in The University of Thessaly 2006-2012. In 2004 he acquired a Master of Arts degree in design. The name 314 of the studio, is inspired from the mathematic symbol π = 3,14 that is used to count the area of the circle. This reference is related to the philosophical dimension of the concept of the circle. The basic characteristic of his design beside the ecological, social and programmatic dimensions of the project, is the creation of a shell that urges the user to experience an abstraction.


Awards:


H_3 house in Athens:
Official Nomination for 2015 Mies Van der Rohe European Union prize.
Official Nomination for 2015 Piraneski Dnevi International awards.
H_3 was among '20 most popular projects' on the worlds most visited architecture magazine 'Archdaily' for 2013.
First prize on "30 Years of Architecture" by KTIPIO for 2016.

H_34 apartments in voula:
Official Nomination for 8th Greek Architecture Biennale.

C_29 optical shop:
Architizer A Awards 2016 "Special Mention"

Other distinctions:
1st prize Exploring the boundaries awards. 1st prize 2013 'Greek Architects' website thesis awards.

Our work has been presented in many Architecture exhibitions and has been published in worlds most popular books, magazines and websites. Our H_3 project has been filmed on documentary for Argentina and Katar television.
The studio has published it's works on worlds most popular international architecture magazines and newspapers such as: • Archdaily • Designboom • Dezeen • Architizer

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Workshop: Mpotsari 12, Glyfada
Athens, Greece, Europe, 166 75
Mob: +30 6947727229
Tel: +30 2130385811
Website: www.314architectutestudio.com
email: 314architecturestudio@gmail.com