APARTMENT BUILDING ON EM. BENAKI STREET
The tenants of the four apartments comprising this building were known from the start: they entered a sort of partnership whose only goal was construction of the building that would include their homes, ensuring that the project would cater to the particular needs of each family in the best way possible. Toward this end they each contributed different forms of capital: the lot on which the building was constructed, money, or labour.
All apartments except for the one covering part of the second floor take up one whole floor, extending at the same time onto a different level: the apartment on the fourth floor includes the loft; the apartment on the third floor includes part of the second and is connected to it via an interior staircase; the apartment on the first floor is higher than the rest and arranged on the interior in two levels.
The main concerns in terms of the arrangement of space were: a) Designing all apartments so that they be open on both ends: the back facing the south and the front offering a view of the adjacent hill, and b) Connecting the apartments with the surrounding environment and the immediate environment of the street; in other words, with public space.
The entrance to the building took the form of a roofed court, while the staircase seems to be a continuation of this court, being at the same time open-air and in direct contact with the street.
All apartments include a large space opening on both ends, overlooking the street and usually extending, on one of the apartments two levels, onto a closed courtyard, with which all spaces communicate.
Atelier 66: S. Antonakakis and D. Antonakakis