Ramp House – Archivirus

May 5, 2009 at 12:17 am | Posted in architecture, houses | Leave a comment
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Designed by Athanasia Psaraki of Archivirus, the Ramp House is a project that questions and redefines the individual elements of ‘house’ and ‘skate ramp’ melding them together to create a new type of multifunctional living space.

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“The ‘skateboarding’ element is adopted in every possible way. When the client asked me to design a home where she could be able to skate, I immediately eliminated the idea of just putting a mini ramp in the living room. For me, the challenge of this project was to make a living space where the ramp, the bowl and all the interpretations of those terms would actually become the building elements for this space. I wanted to make a ‘ramp house’ and not a ‘house with a ramp’.” Athanasia Psaraki

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Located in Athens, Greece, the Ramp House is an 80 square metre roof addition to an existing 3 storey building. Externally timber was chosen for the balustrade, pergola and louvres to complement the existing timber balustrades and windows – both dominant features of the existing building.

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“Basic house elements such as the fireplace and storage units are hidden inside the ramp forms. I also tried to combine the street aesthetics of the skate scene using concrete and the cosy atmosphere of a house using wood. So concrete walls mould into the floor and then concrete turns into wood to create a ramp partition with the kitchen.” Athanasia Psaraki

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Even details such as the balcony sliding door have not been overlooked with it too reflecting the shape of the adjacent ramp as shown above.

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I think this is a really cool space though I’d sure hate to stack it onto the kitchen stove when a meal’s being cooked or even the fire place for that matter! ;)

67472189_11Photos: Theo Vranas and Athanasia Psaraki

Visit the Archivirus website at www.archivirus.gr

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