Folli Follie Office Building

 

1998-2004

Architects: Maria Kokkinou, Andreas Kourkoulas
Associates: Katerina Papandreou, Yiorgos Nikopoulos
Collaborating Architectural Office: Antonia Panou, Karidakis, I. Mavrakis & Associates LLC.
MEP Design: EL.T.E.ME. LLC.
Construction: Achillefs Technical S.A.

Area: 10.000 sq.m.

The buildings of Folli-Follie stand on the national road from Athens to Lamia on the interchange of Ag. Stefano. In contrast to the philosophy of the buildings that stand parallel to the flow of the road, the two buildings stand in glass cylindrical facades towards the road mimicing two giant lamps. Their facades are made of special glass (okalux) that achieves a high level of thermal insulation and the North-West facades are protected by perforated aluminum louvers. At night the buildings are lit using fluorescent lamps placed in the interior. The management building consists of two parts; a rectangular frame and a cylindrical part and between them they form a three storey void. The space around the entrance for visitors is lit from the ceiling where panels are fixed to redirect the sunlight downwards and at night reflect the light from the spots. Alongside the void stand the office spaces, the ateliers and management.

On the slight slop of the site the buildings stand with level high difference in height, which allows the upper management floors to get a clear panoramic view of the landscape.