January 28, 2021

Block722 Architects+ Designs New HQ With a View in Athens

A minimalist, extended window ledge provides a resting spot for the team, looking out towards the ancient ruins; it also serves as a surface to lay out material samples under natural light. Photography by Giorgos Sfakianakis. 

For its close-knit team, Athens, Greece-based Block722 Architects+ knew scaling back some work space to make room for a functional kitchen was the right move when creating their new headquarters. “Everyone in the team spends a short time of their lunch break preparing and cooking their lunch, so a well-equipped kitchen was something we thought we had to sacrifice some space on,” says Katja Margaritoglou, co-founder and creative director. Margaritoglou and Sotiris Tsergas, co-founder and managing director of architecture and engineering, have no regrets about that decision. “That is where people come together and chat over their cutting boards,” she adds. 

At the start of their search for a new locale, Tsergas and Margaritoglou had a minimal wish list. They wanted a larger space, given their growing team, with plenty of natural light. “We were simply looking for the place that would feel right to us,” says Margaritoglou. The resulting studio seems more like a home than a workplace—by design. Situated in the Mets neighborhood in a late 1960s Athenian polykatoikia, a prevalent mixed-use apartment typology there, a fluid sequence of work areas makes up the first-floor office, complete with views of the city’s ancient ruins, including the Temple of Olympian Zeus and the Acropolis. A neutral palette complemented by natural materials throughout, such as oak surfaces, grey terrazzo floors, and a marble reception desk, imbue a sense of calm upon stepping inside. “Being located in a very central spot with everything going on right outside, it’s pretty amazing what an affect the design and the use of specific materials can have,” Margaritoglou adds, noting that the resulting space enables the team to feel at ease. 

The communal areas include a fully equipped kitchen, enabling staff to cook and socialize in a relaxed manner. Photography by Giorgos Sfakianakis. 
The interiors of the new HQ now include a reception, co-working and breakout areas, meeting rooms and the private offices of the co-founders, Katja Margaritoglou and Sotiris Tsergas. Photography by Giorgos Sfakianakis. 
Functionality was key when creating work zones throughout, and many spaces serve more than purpose such as this meeting room that doubles as a material library. Photography by Giorgos Sfakianakis. 
Interiors include a curated selection of sourced products and artworks, such as a piece by artist Pantelis Chandris; a tailor-made, solid marble reception desk sculpted by local artisan Serpentinis; and a fabric woven by Athens based textile artist Chrysa Georgiou. Photography by Giorgos Sfakianakis. 
A neutral palette and a range of textures adds richness, warmth, and tactility to the space—even evident in the bathrooms. Photography by Giorgos Sfakianakis. 

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