the concept of luxury in the city Atrium | One Athens Atrium | One Athens Atrium | One Athens Atrium | One Athens Atrium | One Athens History In the late 1950s, Constantinos Doxiadis, one of the leading figures of modern Greek architecture, was looking for a site to build his new company’s Athens offices. He selected a plot in the pine-clad foothills of Mount Lycabettus, a vantage point that afforded sweeping views of the city as far as the sea. Doxiadis calculated that his top-floor office would be the same height as the Parthenon, so the view would be not only phenomenal – it would be unique. Doxiadis Associates’ headquarters expanded as the architectural practice grew. The complex eventually consisted of four wings built around an atrium. One wing was devoted to the first schools of design in Greece. Another wing housed the Graduate School of Ekistics, or the science of human settlement, a new concept in urban planning developed by Doxiadis. Transparent, open, and engaging, the building was designed to integrate with the urban fabric. The courtyard was modelled on the traditional Greek village square to instil a sense of community among staff and students. A fountain marked the ancient source of the Iridanos River. Beyond it was an emblem of the future: the first computer in Greece installed behind a glass screen. Poets and painters presented their work in a spectacular lecture hall on the ground floor. The building was a hub of creativity, a hotbed of ideas, a place where new theories took shape. Constantinos Doxiadis was a man of extraordinary vision who changed the face of many 20th century cities, from Rio de Janeiro to Islamabad. His spirit lives on, in this iconic landmark in central Athens. In 2008, Cyclamino S.A., a partnership between the Joannou family and Miltos Kambourides, acquired this landmark building, renamed it One Athens and transformed it to its current use by preserving its three key elements: the pixilation of the facade, the 4 stairways and the courtyard. The architect commissioned to deliver the vision of the new owners was Divercity Architects. the top-floor office would be the same height as the Parthenon, so the view would be not only phenomenal – it would be unique Inspiration Divercity architects were inspired by Doxiadis’ philosophy in converting his former headquarters into 21st century residences. Maintaining the elegant simplicity of the structure, the new design is faithful to the legacy of this landmark, but forward-looking in its cutting-edge design, innovative use of materials, and ability to respond to the modern lifestyle. Converting offices into homes calls for more versatile, private, and composite spaces. Using the façade as a canvas, the architects replaced the original modular grid with three different materials to distinguish the interior spaces. Private areas are covered in opaque panels of marble – a snapshot of the landscape imprinted onto the building. Translucent concrete that both reveals and conceals is used for the mid-zones – an interactive shadow theatre created by the movement of inhabitants and passers-by. Glass is used extensively to let in the light and maximise the fabulous views – a window into an exclusive world. The building is transformed by day and by night, thanks to the subtle interplay of light and shadow and the choreography of movement within and without. As the only coherent residential block downtown, ONE ATHENS embodies Doxiadis’ vision of an idealised metropolis, or Entopia, that would provide for small communities within big cities. In this spirit, the entire ground floor is dedicated to communal spaces and amenities leading off the marble-clad atrium. Networking opportunities abound in these five-star facilities where residents can have a massage, hold a meeting, or get to know their neighbour’s children in the playroom. Since individuality is as important as a sense of community, each of the 26 apartments is unique. Thanks to its grand scale, ONE ATHENS can accommodate a variety of homes to suit different lifestyles: apartments, duplexes, penthouses, and townhouses. Wherever possible, spaces are open-plan to make the most of the show-stopping views in every direction. Lifestyle Within the walls of ONE ATHENS is an apartment made to measure for every lifestyle: young professionals, businesspeople in need of a pied à terre, jet-setting couples, or parents enjoying a new lease of life now that their children have left home. Each resident will imprint their own personality onto their living space. But all those fortunate enough to live here will share a passion for design and an appreciation of premium service. ONE ATHENS will redefine the concept of urban living in downtown Athens. Residents will enjoy the luxury of space in the city centre, as well as proximity to the best Athens has to offer, whether that means business or boutiques. ONE ATHENS is more than a home – it is an experience. This is the art of living in the heart of the city.