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.


“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


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.


“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


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.


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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