* Residential Architecture: Roofescape by mabarchitects
Posted by the editors on Wednesday, 27 June 2012
Residential Architecture: Roofescape by mabarchitects: “..In present day city of Athens there is a critical lack of open green and recreational spaces. In a city, which has such an advantageous location and mild climate it almost impossible to find that little patch of green where a contemporary urban dweller can relax and enjoy his time off. Today the city is characterized by locals and visitors alike as being an endless concrete jungle which spreads and fills every little corner in the Attica basin..However most of the building stock is low rise and with flat roofs, which are mostly cramped with unsightly antennas and sun collectors for heating domestic water. On the other hand these flat roofs represent a wonderful opportunity. If an adequate percentage of these roofs would be planted and utilized as a recreational space this could make a significant difference to the bio climate of the city and the way the city is perceived by its inhabitants..Boards of Iroko hardwood were used as the main building material, which cover most of the surfaces. Surface of the floor folds and wraps the wall, the wall becomes a table or a bench, a bench becomes a bed or a planter etc. The standard dimensions of the boards, which are 12cm wide and 2cm thick, were used as the main building module. Everything was built within this module to minimize the off-cuts. Unsightly chimneys were for fire-protection reasons wrapped with metal sections of the same dimensions. All furniture is built-in except two benches on wheels, which can be freely moved. All planting is indigenous and sourced locally from the Attica area..” Lovely, simple, stylish, filtered light, outdoor shower, views..
image: © mabarchitects; article: Arthitectural