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description renovation of the residence of the Austrian Embassy in Greece
category Residential
location Athens, Greece
built area 916 m²
Design Team

Stephan Buerger, Demetra Katsota, Maria Chassioti, Stephanos Conidaris, Daphne Mintza, Francisco Serodio, Mary Xenaki


P. Panagiotopoulos & Associates (structural engineers)

Tetras M&E (m/e engineers)

Greenways Hellas Landscape Architecture (landscape design)

Duality (lighting design)


Taras Diachun

client Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Austria
design year 2013
completion year 2024

The brief called for the reorganisation and redesign of the Residence of the Austrian Embassy in Athens. At the same time for a full environmental upgrade as well as a cohesive reorganisation of the building’s outdoor spaces and facilities. Taking under consideration the manner in which an ambassadorial residence ought to combine a serene and formal quality, the scheme aims to [re]-create a representative building, which in contemporary terms adequately responds to a variety of ‘public’ events while at the same time appropriately and flexibly caters for varied private, domestic needs.

The renovated building on the hill overlooking Athens is defined by three distinct elements stacked one above the other. The architectural intervention, in almost classical terms articulates a ‘basis’, reveals the main ‘body’ of a ‘Piano Nobile’ and delineates a ‘crown’ - a ‘horizon’ with each element having its own identity through the association between its parts and their relation to the outside.

Despite its transparency and openness, the building is designed with safety and sustainability as a priority. In addition, its self-shaded façade and external insulation have significant environmental credentials, acting as a climatic moderator. Furthermore, mechanically operated shades provide safety and the required protection during summer and night. With regards to heating and cooling, a system of combined solutions render the building autonomous in terms of energy and fossil consumption.

Title Year Type Locaction Country
STUDENT STUDIOS PATRAS 2007 Residential Patras Greece
LANDHOTEL SILVESTAR 2016 Hospitality Motovun Croatia
K314 OFFICE BUILDING 2021 Offices Athens Greece
ROLLING GREENS - VILLAS B 2019 Hospitality, Residential Messinia Greece
HOUSE E 2016 Residential Artemida Greece
RADISSON RESORT SKIATHOS 2020 Hospitality Skiathos Greece
HOUSES A·2 2015 Residential, Hospitality Paros Greece
ROLLING GREENS - VILLAS A 2019 Hospitality, Residential Messinia Greece
ONE ATHENS APARTMENT 2021 Residential Athens Greece
ANNENHEIM CUBES 2012 Residential, Hospitality Annenheim Austria
RESTAURANT THALERSEE 2020 Public, Hospitality Graz Austria
STUDENT STUDIOS THESSALONIKI 2016 Residential Thessaloniki Greece
HOUSE H 2012 Residential Corfu Greece
BELGIAN EMBASSY ATHENS 2008 Public Athens Greece
VILLA S 2006 Residential Vienna Austria
OKZT OFFICES & APARTMENTS 2019 Offices Klagenfurt Austria
HOUSE A+B 2008 Residential Paros Greece
MAYRHOFEN STATION 2018 Public Mayrhofen Austria
UNIVERSITY LIBRARY GRAZ 2015 Public Graz Austria
PENINSULA 2019 Residential, Hospitality Paros Greece
VILLA W1 2008 Residential Corfu Greece
APARTMENT BUILDING STD3 2022 Residential Athens Greece
CING LABORATORY BUILDING 2018 Public Nicosia Cyprus
FERANT GARDEN APARTMENT 2018 Residential Ljublijana Slovenia
SCHLOSSMUSEUM LINZ 2006 Public Linz Austria
THREE SPACES 2013 Exhibition Athens Greece
KUBAN RIVERSIDE HOTEL 2013 Hospitality Krasnodar Russia
AS IF 2014 Research, Exhibition Venice Italy
COOP BANK HEADQUARTERS 2012 Commercial, Offices Nicosia Cyprus
6 VOIDS: PXATHENS 2012 Exhibition Venice Italy
LARNACA AGORA 2011 Public Larnaca Cyprus
HOUSE B 2014 Residential Chania Greece
RATHAUSPARK PAVILION 2009 Public Vienna Austria
PX ATHENS 2012 Public, Masterplan Athens Greece
PX THREE CORNERS 2012 Public Athens Greece
HOUSE L 2016 Residential, Research Antiparos Greece
PX SIX THRESHOLDS 2012 Public Athens Greece
DASOUPOLI HIGH SCHOOL 2010 Public Nicosia Cyprus
CASPIAN SEA RESORT 2012 Masterplan Baku Azerbaijan
HOUSE T 2016 Residential Antiparos Greece
FERLACH TECHNICAL SCHOOL 2016 Public Ferlach Austria
OFFICE A 2009 Offices Athens Greece
CAUCASUS CONFERENCE CENTRE 2012 Public Qabala Azerbaijan
SUPERSTORE V 2008 Commercial Athens Greece
KYRIAZI DEVELOPMENT 2008 Commercial, Residential Kifisia Greece
KURA CULTURAL CENTRE 2013 Public Mingacevir Azerbaijan
CLDC HOUSING 2020 Residential Larnaca Cyprus
NOVARA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 2018 Public, Educational Vienna Austria
APARTMENT BUILDING DP30 2021 Residential Athens Greece