PSYCHIKO – Although we’re not all that sure as to whether heaven and hell actually exist, if heaven had to be constructed it would probably look something like this. A group of well-known specialists combined their strongest skills in order to complete an outstanding architectural creation in Psychiko, Athens.
The residence was designed by Divercity Architects in a way that inspires freedom and flexibility while satisfying a strong urge for inner peace and silence. The house is divided into three major zones: the stone core, which was influenced by the Acropolis rock; the boomerang-shaped upper floor; and the living area in between.
Pure white combined with endless glass windows make the residence the ideal spot from which to observe the lively city view, providing numerous surprises concerning light and different scales. External walls are partially covered with stone, retaining the owners’ privacy while an eclectic mix of materials leads to a somewhat communal garden, expanding to the neighboring house, which also belongs to the same family.
Smooth flowing curves dominate the whole construction, creating a sense of intimacy and interaction by contrasting the bold angular geometry which is displayed in harmony. The fluid interiors meet the sweeping arc of the external wall enclosing a swimming pool and a canal that connects the front and back of the house. Even the narrow secondary passages play an essential role in the dynamic of the residence as the marble staircases slowly reveal different levels and perspectives.
Meanwhile, the luxurious marble garage is used as a gallery for the owners’ extraordinary collection of vintage cars and contemporary art. Jeff Koons’ artworks, Paul McCarthy’s sculptures and Vanessa Beecroft’s photographs are some of the internationally known artworks hosted within this carefully designed space which highlights every piece of art exhibited, using the walls as a white canvas. Like the artworks found within, this construction undoubtedly resembles a piece of art.
Photos courtesy of Erieta Attali
*Polina Liarostathi is a guest editor whose work can be seen on Yatzer.com.*