Room 18 | My team’s proposal

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I may present you my team’s submission for the international architectural competition Room18 that took place last month! We spent so much work and thinking in it, a lot of stress in the end to meet with the deadline but we enjoyed it a lot and I’m really proud of the result, so I share it with you!

The competition was aiming at rethink the usual living in a city hotel’s room, reinvent the conditions and make a pioneer proposal for the contemporary traveler. The place of the hotel was supposed to be somewhere in Greece, in a city.

So, we spent hours and hours of thinking and reading about what a traveler seeks nowadays, what we would like in our visits at hotels and what could be unconventional enough but not very crazy and risk our submission (this was a mistake apparently if u look at the winners!) Our pursuit was the stay to be integral part of the whole traveling experience. And we wanted the user to be able to personalize his stay in many levels, the space itself and the facilities through advanced technology. To be able to interfere with the staying conditions according to his personality and needs.

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Eventually, the concept was born slowly and I must say that only when we finished it we knew what it was! Our main idea was the room to be like an outdoor space, like a square or a house’s yard. With the natural light, sitting points on the ground or mantels, a touch of greenery, the open bathroom like you’re at your country house’s backyard and all these in an irregular layout.
However, we wanted to offer a luxury experience in this outdoor feeling so we used sophisticated materials and design. We used some traditional city house’s materials such as the wooden floor, the wooden panels to filter the light in fish bone motif, terrazzo in reference of the mosaic floors of Greek houses in the past, the skylight element in the bathroom with the climbing ivy, glass instead of wall partitions for transparency and clean feeling at the bathroom area and bronze for a shinny touch!

Key design element was the diagonal that runs the room, separates and organizes it and creates spaces, acute/obtuse corners and nooks. The diagonal alignments are very common in Greek traditional architecture, mostly in yards, terraces and open spaces.
Also, it contains all the facilities (wardrobe, suitcase place, seating bench, bedside tables, hugging the bed, desk) and has different levels. It’s like this diagonal takes the half of the room and swivels it so that the living area separates from the entrance and washing area while they still are in the same space. This light separation is highlighted by the different materials and the lower level of the living area and the obtuse angle where the bed prevails is like a hug that makes this space looks larger.

This diagonal intention is already seen at the corridor at every door, creating a small hall/corner in the same materials to slowly introduce you to the room’s idea.

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Corner hall out of the room’s door – Corridor’s view

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Room’s layout

Some other details are: The façade’s perforated wooden panels, in fish bone motif, that let the natural light enter the room but through a filter. So that you can have all the view while being protected. In combination with the mantel seating nook besides you can have all the outdoors’s feeling in an interior safety and privacy. It’s what we call the “inside out” but in the opposite direction!

The wardrobe with the built-in mini bar make a sophisticated structure like posh large stones, in a monumental mood but with a light and airy touch of the suspended hanger. There you hang your clothes in the open so that you have your “back home” touch etc. Every user’s clothes will change the image of the room every time.

Technology. We used technology only in our minds because nothing can be seen in the room’s desing but it was a big issue for us, even in idea level. We’ve though that a vertical panel that integrates the TV will lead the user’s stay. This interactive glass touch screen will display various applications related to the room facilities, the communication with the hotel and the city guide-visit organizer.

Regarding the room facilities you will be able -except of interfering with the heat/air conditioning- load lighting programs, music programs, depending on the mood. Also, you can make appointments with the cleaning services of the hotel, set alarms and other facilities of room service, order a meal or whatever!

Regarding the city guide/trip organizer you will be able to organize your visit, sightseeing, shopping, hot spots of the town, the best bars/restaurants etc. through a set up guide by the hotel or another company like timeout or others or even by other users that saved some proposals by their visit. It would be great if you could choose what you’d like to do/visit and an app will create tours for you and proposes themed walks. Of course, you should be able to connect with your smartphone so that you can have the guide with you all day. It will be like an info portal expanded in wall dimensions that could make your trip super easy and fun!

I’m very interested in your opinions and very thrilled for comments! Feel free to share what you think!

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Our submission board, in Greek

 

 

 

Summer weekend!

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Here I am again! I make some appearances now and then just not to forget me! Always – always! when I don’t show up in the blog it means I’m working without mercy. The last month was one of these periods, I participated at 2 big projects at the same time. With deadlines the past week, so much pressure, agony if we’re gonna make it, condensed creativity and decisions! Very intense as every time, but as everything went well eventually I’m  very satisfied and happy now that’s gone! And of course ready for real life again!!

This weekend was the first after this whole time that I could rest! Ohh…such a pleasure!!! I took care of my plants, I went out for walks by the sea, night and day, ate seafood, drank wine and ouzo, ate ice cream, I was hit by the sun so that I grumble about it and started having summer thoughts! This was the best one. I already make plans for quick excursions and imagine myself lying on the beach pebbles aaaaaaall day…

However, after this daydreaming post I will have to get back to work again, because work never ends lately…(steep landing!) but I have hope now, everything is under control! I say to myself… 🙂

Let’s have a cool shower to cope with the heat and continue our day!

Have a nice Sunday, you all! xoxo

Kawaii patterns | part 2

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Kawaii love wallpaper via nicolesclasses and my blue flamingo’s touch!

Here I am again to continue the kawaii spirit on patterns! I made the promise and I kept it! Anyway, I absolutely love them, so it’s really fun creating these collections. This time I gathered more girly stuff, cute animals, yummy delicacies and combinations of them!

Just imagine a Japanese girl wearing such a vintage watch on her wrist, she writes a love letter as she talks on the phone with her best friend, wearing pink bows on her hair and stroking her cute cat that licks the nutella jar on the floor!!

See here the first part of the collection (and learn what kawaii is if you don’t know) for even more cuteness in repeat!

  1. Love letters via weheartit  2. Vintage watches via mammysam  3. Glitter cameras via weheartit   4. Cacti! via freepeople
  1. Pikatsu cats (alas!) via pinterest  2. Pancakes via tumblr  3. Hatchiko dog via tumblr  4. greedy nutella cats via pinterest
  1. Sushi with love via ebay  2. Pink bows by The Pink Samurai  3. Cats with unknown source  4. Kawaii desu by Omoshiroi 
  1. Molang by blippo-kawaii  2. Many molangs via duitang  3. Girly telephones via ohmydior  4. Cute cats via duitang

Summer weekend’s thought

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Good morning there! Despite the working mode of this weekend I have a very summery mood, especially in the morning, when the sun is shinning but the world hasn’t been waken up yet. This quite moments are my favorite during the day, very peaceful! Although the summer vacations are very very away for me I already imagine myself taking my breakfast in such an environment like the above, an open air patio with a sea view. Just paradise..! I love everything in this photo, the simplicity, the greatness of nature, the serenity, the chair and the large cushion on the rocks!

So, for me this weekend is full of work, because the next month will be very exhausting as I realize. This should be pointed out on kids choosing architecture! “My kid, you know..you won’t have a peaceful summer never again!” “You must forget the nice tan you used to have on summer!” It’s a fact that the most of the projects happen during summer, so unfair! At least today I’m going to work from home, quietly I hope.
If I manage to close my ears on this super cute tiny kitten that begs me to adopt under my balcony!! Real torture!!!
Have a nice Sunday to all of you!! xoxo

Photo source: The style files

Funny ceilings

It’s been a while that at some projects at work I propose a hanging system with stuff, to make a space more crazy etc etc…but until now this idea stays only at laughing point! So, after seeing the new Aesop store in Singapore (Someday I’m gonna make a post about how much I love Aesop stores’ design!) I decided to gather some realized spaces with such a design to get it out of my system! I made quite a tribute but they’re many!

From wooden sticks, to shoelaces, foam sticks and ropes, this hanging system above your head makes the room really really special. Depending on the material it can also offer sound absorption except the mysterious and even magical atmosphere. So here are my favorite examples from around the world, tell me what you think! Would you like to visit a store like this, or dine in a restaurant? Or even have a specific place at your work with a crazy ceiling?

Above it’s a pastry shop in Madrid that used this indulated pink canopy at the whole ceiling. I love the contradiction with the rough textured walls! I think this is my favorite example. I would be there every day eating pastry 🙂
Below, it’s an example of my country so it couldn’t be missing from the collection! Here, I think the ceiling adds on the freshness of the store and gives a special character.

Camper stores are known for their unconventional design, so they did in Melbourne with this bold red ceiling by 30.000 shoelaces!! Does a shoe store needs anything more? Extra attention on the mirrored columns in the middle that create a whole picture instead of dividing the room.

Below it’s a unique drugstore in Madrid that used this idea to some spots only. It reminds me of the sea anemones! Here, a suspended cylinders system (2, 3 and 4 meters long) is used that dialogues with the central gondola. 256 tubes are used creating a very personal identity for the shop!
See another sea anemone resemblance from the past!

Above it’s the Monsoon Club at the Kennedy center in Washington D.C., USA. It’s a multi purpose performance center that keeps the sitting level all white for the ceiling to shine! It’s like a suspended 3D carpet. Designboom says it better: constructed out of a system of colored threads, the undulating form organizes, defines and accentuates the space while holding and concealing necessary technical equipment. The visual pattern of the threads is influenced by traditional ‘dhurries’, a type of flat-woven rug in India. Cool, right?

Paola Navone did it also:

Above is another one of my favorites for it’s general ambience. Saul Zona 14 in Guatemala has a beautiful terrace in it’s exterior space! This colorful canopy IA made of 1000 pounds of thread hanging from a steel structure. The color palette of greens, blue and yellows adds to the surrounding natural environment.
The source of the inspiration was the natural production techniques still used by indigenous people in Guatemala. The drying process of hanging threads is part of highly traditional elements of craft culture. However this threads system isn’t only decorative; it acts as both solar shade and sound absorbing surface!

The last 3 examples are in more earthy tones, with the black color to dominate as the natural hue of the suspension stands out.
The first is the Basho Sushi House in Portugal. 8.400 sushi sticks were used (!) that kept the budget low while creating a clear scenographic statement. I find it very loyal to the Japanese culture as well: minimal, to the point, calm and sushi!

The next one is from Tsujita restaurant in Los Angeles, California. The piece of art ceiling consisting of thousand wooden sticks is a creation of the Japanese designer Takeshi Sano. His description is very interesting:
I put image of clouds for the ceiling detail. There is IZUMO shrine, one of the most important shrine in Shimane Japan. The clouds we can see there, has beauty but mysterious image. I wanted to show those images on this design. I put 25000 of wooden sticks, which was shaped like drum stick on the ceiling.
In order to increase a reality of clouds, I calculate the focal length between eye line and wooden sticks and use that length for the stick length. Also I made difference on the distance between stick each other so that to make a stereoscopic effect to wooden cloud. Not only for this project. I’m always challenging to create a space that coexist art and interior. At the same time, I’d like people to feel the delicate of beauty, which Japanese have, and Japanese atmosphere when they visit here so that they will think that they want to visit Japan.  I’d like to make this restaurant as one of an element for Japanese reconstruction.

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Tsuzita restaurant, Los Angeles

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Odessa restaurant, Ukraine – hanging ropes, another material that can be used

Instagram opening!

I’m happy to announce you that I decided to create a profile in Instagram, at last!! I was negative for a long time because I though it would be very time consuming but there were so many pictures I wanted to show to the world and couldn’t through the blog that I changed my mind eventually. Also, my sister insisted so much that made me think about it seriously…I hope I’ll get the hang of it and spread the net with my eye-shots!
Here, I have my first photos posted to lure you to my profile! 😉 Come and take a look, I’m thrilled to open another communication channel with you!

Weekend & come back!

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Hello hello!!! I’m here again and trying to take advantage of that opportunity and write something! Almost one month ago, while I was cool and calm, with normal work to do – I even had started to feel insecure about future projects(and income of course…) a huge&urgent project came along! And as a result, as I always do, I fell in that deep whole of creativity and passion of completing the project and accomplishing all the tasks…for 2 weeks I was in a parallel universe, giving the 200% of myself, forgetting all the rest of the life! Of course I was dead after that, not just tired…I managed to do 1 month’s work in 2 weeks, but thankfully it was very satisfying, everything went well and I was quite proud after all 🙂

So this is the first weekend I have free time, the weather is hmm..nice and I’m planning walks with friends, I’m just thrilled!! Of course, architecture couldn’t miss from my weekend, as a small arch festival is happening in Athens by friends this weekend, and I’ll join but it will be fun!

What are your plans for the weekend?
I hope you’ll have fun anyway!
xoxo

PS. As I was writing these my phone rang and an arch chore came up but it’s gonna be short and I’ll try to keep the spirit as before..!

Photo source via Style at home | Photography by Edward Pond

Kawaii patterns | part 1

Kawaii style is now of my favorites and my patterns collection couldn’t miss it! Of course they are so many patterns on the internet that once again I couldn’t restrain myself, I tried to keep it in 2 posts and I think I made cute choices!

Of course cute, as kawaii means exactly that, everything that is cute, animals, candy, foods etc, everything with faces! From classic starbucks cups (it reminds me the sakura beverage that fortunately it was there while I was in Tokyo) to washi tapes and unicorns to remind us that life is a matter of dreaming and having fun! (I wish…)

Kawai cat via duitang | Pusheens via duitang | Onigiri time! via society6 | Candy jars via weheartit

Puffy friends via kawaiiBox | Hair pins via mobile9 | Washi tape via society6 | cuties via duitang

Pastel sharks via we heart it | Milk in a box via society6  | Cute troll dolls, source unknown

Hell yeah ribbon via tumblr | Unicorns via Ohmydior | Globes via tumblr | Cool hearts via tumblr

Keep calm and stay kawaii!!

 

 

Tokyo | Gardens & Sakura

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Kiyosumi Gardens, my first sight entering

I remember one day I was planning to start my day with a certain museum that had nothing else to do in the area except that. I took the metro and after a long time (it was far from my hotel) I got off it and saw a sign that the museum was closed for 4 days including that day!! I was so disappointed and frustrated!! So I turned to go back when I saw another sign that pointed to some gardens…and I though “oh what the hell, I am here…” and I went to the Kiyosumi Gardens. And I was so amazed!!! I though I was dreaming or something, it was like an oasis. Until then I hadn’t been in any Japanese garden like these, only at the parks as Yoyogi etc. and had no idea that these small paradises exist!!

I wandered there quite a time, I walked the circular path around the pond, saw the huge fishes and the ducks, I was trying to capture a crane that was standing but didn’t make it, I found myself in a glade with a plum tree or something like this with purple flowers and some cherry blossoms at their bloom beginning, I stalked a kid chasing some pigeons, admired the nature that was so carefully cared.

In Japanese landscape gardens, every tree, bush or rock is there by a plan, so that the whole picture is ideal and the visitor will feel calm and peaceful and amazed by the beauty. Especially in the Kiyosymi gardens the many stones are a highlight, as they’re highly sought after and valuable and some of them are even famous!

So, imagine that in every turn or seating place or path you see something different and you walk through different kind of paths. Also, as you walk around a large pond, you see every time another aspect of the place.

In general I went at 3-4 Japanese gardens, I liked to go in the morning with a cup of coffee and my favorite cinnamon roll and beginning my day in zen spirit! I even got a book with me to read but I was strolling around so many hours at the end-there are so many spots to see!- that never had the time to open it.
The other garden I liked a lot was the Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens which is one of the oldest and best gardens in Tokyo. It was named Korakuen after a poem encouraging a ruler to enjoy pleasure only after achieving happiness for his people. It has the circuit style as also, with ponds and manmade hills centering on the pond and combines the Japanese and Chinese landscapes resulting to a really scenic beauty!

There are so many things to see there, feel like you are in a forest walking to dark paths under high trees, near small rivers even a small waterfall, climbing and find some old shrines or ruins of them, bridges etc. and of course admire the first cherry tree blossoms when I went.

If you like nature and all these trees, plants and flowers depending on the season then Japanese landscape gardens are a perfect place to be! I don’t know if it’s something I would recommend to anyone but if you are like my I surely do! I loved them!

And of course some sakura photos couldn’t be missing from this post! They are something extraordinary to look at! It’s not unjustly considered the super spring highlight of Japan, for all over the world. And in popular places they are full of Japanese people photographing them, trying to capture the perfect flower bud! I really love the photo with the cat resting on the branch 😉 Unfortunately I wasn’t there but G. sent it to me from Nakameguro afterwards where it must have been magical!

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Have you felt the happiness of spring and the calmness of nature or is it just me that remembered the feeling?..

Tokyo | eating&shopping

One of the best things to do in Tokyo is eating strange, different and special foods, taste new delicacies or extravagant versions of usual food and also go shopping!! At the same time these can be of the worst things … Continue reading