In the heart of Athens, close to one of the busiest night life areas, on the 1st floor of a two-storey stone building there's a 125 sq.m. LOFT (former theatre and club). It is the Architects house with and enclosed terrace as a relaxing/spa area.
The buildings History
In Agathimerou Str number 3 at Rouf area (NEXT to Benaki Museum at
Peireus Str), there used to be a stoned two-floor house, built with Monemvasia’ architecture influence, from 1915.
At the ground floor of the house, there was a store which was selling ropes
(when Piraeus Str was still a street for horses, carriages and carts). In the back yard of the ground floor, the ropes were manufactured by the members of the family that had the business and were stored in the first floor. After 1950, this business stopped and from then on the whole house was abandoned. In the last years, it functioned for a short period of time as a warehouse for seasonal items and toys until 1998, when it was completely abandoned, waiting for demolition.und floor, the ropes were manufactured by the members of the family that had the business and were stored in the first floor. In 2000, the architect Michalis Spartiotis, “discovered” this house while searching for a new place for his architectural office. He was also looking for a place where he would be able to enclose all his artistic interests such as exhibitions of photography, painting and sculpture and also the ideal environment where he could listen his favorite type of music. What led him to choose this specific place, was mainly his will to re-use buildings from older times, through new and modern ways of functioning. This is also his everyday bet. By this way, he “saw” through the ruins, what we see today. The old house now stages in its ground floor the “Piedra” restaurant. The architect’s office occupies one part of the first floor and the whole second, and the architect’s house is also in the rest of the first floor in a high- ceiling loft. This loft, has taken most of the changes, since it first started as the architect’s office and exhibition place, then changed to theatrical and musical scenes and ended being the house that it is now. Its construction with materials such as stone, iron and wood at their most natural form, offers friendliness, warmth and intimacy to the visitor.
Ground Floor: Piedra Classic Music - Opera Restaurant of 200 sq.m (with perfect sound insulation)
First Floor: The loft that can be used as an exhibition - gallery or event hall but also a unique place to live – 125 sq.m First Floor: The architect’s office – 62 sq.m First Floor: Enclosed Terrace – breakfast/relaxing area The
Riding up the escalator of the Kerameikos metro station brings you into one of the largest public squares in Athens, often frequented by throngs of locals who are heading to one of the area’s dozens of bars and restaurants or are content simply to hang out on a park bench, sipping a cold beer from the kiosk and watching the world go by. The most emblematic structure in Gazi and the area’s namesake is the mid-19th century gas (gazi in Greek) factory, which dominates the skyline with its imposing iron structures and stone chimneys. The factory was instrumental in the development of this relatively poor yet vibrant working-class (URL HIDDEN) began as a collection of makeshift huts, humble homes and narrow streets built by factory workers. Today these relics of the past have become a favorite hangout for the capital’s young people.