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description conversion of a multiuse building into 80 student residences
category Residential
location Thessaloniki, Greece
built area 4.440 m²
Design Team

Stephan Buerger, Demetra Katsota, Georgios Kourakos, Klelia Siska, Myrto Tsarouchi


P. Panagiotopoulos & Associates (structural engineers)

Andreadis K. - Chatzisavvas G. & Associates (m/e engineers)


Taras Diachun

Project Manager

Core Construction S.A.

Model Photographs

Leonidas Kalpaxidis

client Valor Properties IKE
design year 2016
completion year

The brief required the conversion of the eight-storey multiuse building in Thessaloniki into eighty fully furnished student studios with generous communal areas and two shops. The building is considered ideal for the new use, due to its central location and the spatial flexibility its concrete structure offers.

With regards to the relationship of the building to its urban context and in order to respect the continuity of the urban front, the scheme prescribes the replacement of the curtain wall façade with a new skin. The new full height, flush windows and the sliding shutters throughout the day, alter the building’s image projecting aspects of the residents’ everyday-ness.

At the level of the recently re-landscaped low speed street, the generous sash shop windows retrieve 2.20 m from the building line, in order to create an arcade as an extension of the pavement, a comfortable and protected space for outdoor sitting.

The surface of the studios ranges from 22m2 to 32m2, while of the 2 room apartments reaches 50m2. The units are designed as open plan lofts with three particular elements:

- an open, living and sleeping space,

- an external wall with a large full-height window with a sliding-openable shutter,

- an intermediate wet areas’ zone (with bathroom, kitchen and storage).

Six generous communal spaces scattered on different levels enhance -through varied activities- the social interaction between the tenants. Further communal spaces include a bike rack on the ground floor, a multi-purpose room, laundry and storage spaces in the basement.

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