WHO WE ARE
"To sense (sentir) is to have qualities"
LandmArch. is a creative practice for landscape architecture, urban planning and architecture based in Athens, Greece, and Stockholm, Sweden.
Our goal is clear. Design Sustainable and Social Cohesive Societies! We focus therefore on the importance of social sustainability by means of social interaction, environmental protection, enhancement of the biodiversity, accessibility, walkability and inclusive economy.
WHAT WE DO
In LandmArch. we design places for people and we do it with responsibility towards the environment and the society.
We believe a good design can provide spiritual, social, leisure and psychological well-being leading to life satisfaction.
But most of all... WE DARE TO CARE AND HAVE FUN!!!!
Embracing the use of Arts and contemporary technology, we aim to reveal a new, interactive and creative relationship between people and their environment, taking always into consideration the importance of the “genius loci".
We explore every possible new means of communication through them in order to perform different ways of human perception and narration towards our surrounding world, both physical and conceptual.
...and now something you may not know...
LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE IS A FORM OF ACTIVISM!!
Architect & Landscape Architect
Graduate Architect (N.T.U.A.)and Landscape Architect (University of East London) has taken part in many International Conventions and Competitions, winning international mentions in subjects focused on Tourism, Sustainability, Design, Walk-ability, Art, Accessibility and New Technologies.
Her work has been hosted and published by International platforms worldwide.
Xenia has shadowed work as part of experience in the UK based landscape practice craft:pegg, which is now a fellow practice to LandmArch. Currently she works for the International leading engineering, design and consultancy company Ramboll, in Sweden.
Vasilis Ingvar Raptis: Senior Architect
Architect & Urban Planner
Graduate Architect from the National Technical University of Athens, Vasilis is mainly focused on Urban and Regional Planning, leading him to further exploration on the field through his Master Degree on Urbanism Studies by KTH Royal Institute of Technology Stockholm.
He currently works as an urban planner for the Danish Architectural Firm Arkitema Architects.
THE TEAM (Friends & Collaborators)
Dr. Ioannis Pappas: Engineer on Applied Mechanics, Energy & Environmental Services, Carbon Finance and Sustainable Tourism
Anna Ioannidou: Architect & Landscape architect
Eirini Triantafyllou: Architect
Christos Pampafikos: Architect
Gelly Dimitrakopoulou: Architect
Vita Giannini: Architect
Sofia Poulopoulou: Lighting Designer
Antonis Manolessos: 3D designer at UCADP
Panos Raptis: Architect
Alexandros Datsos: Landscape Architect
Katerina Psimmenou: Architect & Digital artist
Dorothea Manou: GIS consultant
Anna Maria Moschona: Architectural photographer
Dimitris Kleanthis: Architectural photographer
Ispiretech: Engineering consultancy
314 Architecture Studio: Architect
Luce Ataliotis: Lighting Designer
Landmark Loutridis: Surveying equipment of high-end-technology
Municipality of Korinthos
Municipality of South Kinouria
Municipality of Pafos
Municipality of Arta
Municipality of Nemea
Tourism Awards | SILVER Award for Architecture | Athens, 2016
Le:Notre Landscape Forum, Landscape: from Natural to Cultural | Qualified participatory project | Pafos, Cyprus, 2016
EXPO "Agritecture & Landscape Awards" | Qualified participatory project | Teatro Agorà della Triennale di Milano, Italy, 2015
Walk21 Vienna Stepping ahead | Qualified participatory project | Vienna, Austria, 2015
Agro Al Ain International Exhibition for Agriculture & Landscaping 2014 | Qualified participatory project | United Arab Emirates, 2014
8th European Landscape Biennial | Qualified participatory project | Barcelona, Spain, 2014
We are proud members of PHALA (Panhellenic Association of Landscape Architects / IFLA), AIAPP (Associazione Italiana Architettura Del Paesaggio / IFLA), Urban Landscape Institute / ULI, LE:NOTRE and SADAS-PEA / ACE-CAE).
PEDA West Attica Headquarters , Eleusis
The aim of the proposal is the design of a contemporary, functional and bio climatic public building which accommodates the Region of West Attica Headquarters, in Elefsina. The new complex upgrades the urban landscape of the area while reflecting its multi-dimensional history.
The location of each department and division is based on the relevance between them. On the same time, the various departments are divided into sections, according to the need for easy accessibility from the public or the need for more privacy. The circular structure of the building corresponds to the gradual transition from more public areas to more private ones, as we move from the perimeter towards the center of the circle.
The lack of open, green spaces in the surrounding area, dictates the need to introduce a new, high - quality open public space which will be accessible to all the residents. The project aims to achieve the highest possible autonomy in terms of energy consumption. With the addition of the green roof, Building - Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV) on the south facade of the building and various other techniques the bio climatic performance of the building is secured.
The use of semi – transparent materials between the working spaces provides abundant light and sufficient ventilation for the interior spaces. The use of materials and construction methods which are applied correspond to the need for high energy - efficiency and low maintenance. The choice of concrete as the main building material, reflects the industrial character of the region’s urban landscape.
The building, while being located on an important urban node, within a network of other significant public spaces in the city of Elefsina, becomes its new landmark. The site is accessible from all sides and the outdoor spaces are used exclusively from pedestrians. The working spaces on the ground floor communicate directly with the existing round forest in the heart of the building complex. This forest is connected to the rest of the landscape and to the circular skate plaza which marks the entrance to the site, through an open wide corridor. The ramp element connects the green roof of the building to the rest of the landscape. On the green roof, there are footpaths and several points of observation which offer panoramic views of the surrounding area to the visitors. The existing vegetation is preserved as much as possible, mainly in the circular forest and in the perimeter of the site.
The main construction materials are concrete, glass and metal. The structure of the building consists of cylindrical concrete walls, which adopt the vocabulary of Eleusina’s industrial landscape. The various departments are divided through opaque panels, while the individual offices are divided through transparent panels of characteristic colour, according to the department they belong to. The building is equipped with a double facade, whose exterior layer consists either from concrete (north orientation) or from glass with Building - Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV) towards the south. Parts of this double facade are protected from the sun by rotating vertical elements, depending on the orientation and the season or time of the day.
The Loumaki Park
The purpose of this proposal is to create a new green area in Karditsa so that it will become the new landmark destination for both residents and visitors. The connectivity of the park to the urban fabric that respects everybody, prioritizing the pedestrians, the disabled, and the bicycles is another basic element of the design, together with the use of materials and construction methods which are easily achievable and ensure the best energy efficiency, as well as the minimum need for their maintenance.
Ahead of the landscape planning of the project, a GIS-based analysis through geo-information technology considered mandatory and of high importance, was executed. High resolution satellite imagery and other earth observations available through NASA’s open platform USGS-earth explorer were acquired, providing the essentials for the analytic operation that follows through geo-computational models.
These earth observations enabled us in classifying the land uses in the surrounded area and the ones under planning, the delineation among them and the position of the designed landscape of the Loumaki Park in its natural, cultural and urban context. A second approach was the application of Network Analysis (N.A.) between the park and various locations and the existing transportation network in the area, so as to estimate its accessibility and connectivity.
The basic architectural gesture of the park's design is the maintenance and highlight of the existing natural aquatic element, the stream. In times of intense rainfall it serves to store water for the irrigation of the park’s green areas, and especially areas of increased needs, such as the social vegetable garden and tree plantation area. Along the bank of the stream there will be organized areas of relaxation and activities.
The creation of an ambulatory lane, with shades and other organized areas that house markets, fairs and bazaars, stimulate the local economic activity while at the same time offer a place for gathering, socializing and promotion of the local products.
At the south of the park there is located the area of the social gardens, with various types of vegetables and fruit trees. They are protected, cultivated and distributed to the inhabitants of the municipality and can be a means of educating children how to breed and produce food.
Northeast of the park is located an open space of 10 hectares which host activities, such as theatrical performances, folk-dance events, picnics, outdoor cinema, while in times of emergency it can host people in need. This area is surrounded by trees and a smooth slope in order to ensure both introversion and extroversion, privacy and socialization, border and view to the surrounding area.
The cultural and creative activities are placed within the existing renovated building infrastructure of the former camp. These facilities are connected to each other through an elevated wooden deck-an ongoing cultural route. Both deck and roofed surfaces are made of local timber, respecting the local identity and economy.
The aim of lighting design is to meet safety needs and achieve a qualitative aesthetic effect. The lighting study takes into account the desired levels of light that create atmospheres characterized by a sense of rest and/or play. Techniques are applied to reduce light pollution and reduce energy.
The introduced plantation has been chosen with sustainable and aesthetic criteria. Native species such as Acer Pseudoplatanus, Aesculus Hippocastanum, Asperula Pinifolia, Taygetea, Scutellaria Rupestris, Prunus Persica, Lilium Aroanium, Macrocarpa, Viola Alba, Verbascum Longifolium, Actinidia Deliciosa etc. will create a hospitable environment for native fauna such as Erunaceinae, Erithacus Rubecula, Lepus, Martes, Mustela Nivalis, Sciuridae, Testudinidae, Turdidae, Vulpes etc.
This project concerns the modernization of Nemea's basic urban structure which will play a crucial role to the connection of the city with the new Wine Museum.
The relationship of the city with its ancient history and mythology, plus the famous PDO wine production "NEMEA AGIORGITIKO" are the basic lines to lead the re-branding concept of the city, in order to turn it into a new wine destination of high quality.
Given the ever growing domestic and global trend towards wine tourism, the proposal for the surrounding area of the New Wine Museum could combine local materials and colors, with contemporary techniques in order to promote, both aesthetically and functionally, this extremely valuable outdoor space that will accommodate producers, journalists, sommeliers, and simple lovers of good wine from around the world. These gestures will contribute to the development of quality tourism for the region.
Bandirma is located in the prominent city of Balikesir, characterized by strong transportation connections which are planned to expand as the demographic growth is inevitable. The most iconic future image of the city will be its port, which will be count as the second largest industrial and logistics’ centre in Turkey.
Another crucial characteristic of our location is the high level of education and its, generally, young aged population, something really promising for the future growth, character and maintenance of the city. This, together with the proximity of Bandirma to universities and design students of surrounded cities, will transform the region into an active place of thought, interaction and creativity, providing the city with a new artistic-social identity.
The goal of the new Bandirma Park is to have a strong recreational character, which will be directly linked to the site’s heritage, historical, cultural and ecological identity, an identity which will be visually enhanced and promoted in the new design.
In order to create a conjunctional and accessible, to all activities, plan we need to have a clear idea of the movements and pauses, the directions, the flows, the density and velocity of the movements placed to the site.
Accessibility for people with disabilities is one of our priorities both for the design process and the equipment used on the site.
Storytelling is another important key for the direct and future success of the project. Experiences and participation are fundamental to the creation of memories worth sharing, transmitted and lived for ever.
Change is the basic element that keeps a place interesting and immortal, always ready for exploration.
In order to achieve change we focus on two important elements, temporality and materiality.
Balance is the element that makes all previous ones have a real meaning. Rural landscapes will dialogue with organized ones, open plazas will be correlated to architectural elements, rigid masses of concrete materials will play with transparent and translucent ones, old architectural elements will stand close to new, contemporary ones, converted spaces will appear as a bridge between the old and the new.
Sustainable and Smart Concept, whereas the whole area will be upgraded following a concept of Smart City Prototype. This approach will be based in the Architecture, Technological and Innovation Pillars, giving to the area upgrade a unique character in the whole area.
Enhancing the existing local flora (Sarcopoterium spinosum, Centaurea iberica, Spartium junceum, Astragalus sp., Coridothymus capitatus, Cedrus libani, Pinus brutia, Pinus pinea, Cupressus sempervirens, Platanus sp., Amygdalus communis, Ficus carica, Morus sp., Rubus sp., tree groups of Cedar, Pine and Cypress, mixed tree groups deciduous and conifers and garrigue) will contribute in creating the right microclimate to preserve and enhance the existing wildlife, providing shelter to species that will need a home long after the high industrialization of the area. Local vegetation, like phrygana species, will support the slopped areas of the site, by creating a supportive and strong root system, in order to prevent landslide and rushing streams creating problems to the surrounding areas. Roof gardens will also contribute to the improvement of the local ecosystem.
Both landscape and architectural design will focus on the arts. Closed and open areas will host exhibitions, artistic events, fashion projects, music concerts and theatrical
events. Mixed media, VR technologies, lighting and sound exhibitions, 3D hologram projections and interactive education will all take place in our site, in order to transform it into a didactical and artistic institution.
The lighting of Bandirma Park isn’t just about meeting safety needs through code compliance, or achieving an aesthetic effect. It will contribute to fundamentally improve the quality of life of the diverse population of Balikesir. Properly considered, lighting can positively impact the ‘total architecture’ of the park; by reinforcing urban design principles, enchanting cultural experiences and encouraging social interaction.
The lighting master plan is intended to respond visibly to stimuli such as user presence, activity, and time. Due to its unique location, the park will accommodate diverse users after dark. As such, the lighting will create a distinct nocturnal identity and functional quality for the park. Light pollution is one of the most pervasive forms of environmental alteration and therefore, techniques to substantially reduce light pollution will be applied. In addition, the need to meet the global targets for energy saving and reduction of CO2 production drives us towards energy efficient lighting, with less waste and less creation of unwanted or unneeded illumination.
L’Oréal Hellas Logistics Outdoor Areas
In LandmArch. we are excited to have been trusted by L’Oréal Hellas S.A. to proceed to the restoration of the outdoor areas of their Logistics' center.
The main request of the client has been to re-evaluate the existing planting condition and re-propose a new one, in order to maintain a friendly, "green" environment for their personnel, while at the same time reduce more than 60% the annual costs of water needs. Therefore, our practice proposed local flora in order to use natural sources for a low cost water management.
Some of the plants that have been delivered are: Rosmarinus officinalis, Lavandula, Prunus dulcis, Myrtus, Thuja occidentalis and Arctotheca.
Snails Parade Athens
In Athens, a great parade, much different from the others, has taken place. Fuchsia snails, a proper and unique artwork, each one of them carrying their own personality on their back, have filled the streets of the greek capital, in order to declare that their presence is nothing but friendly, since their intention is to sensitize people over their coexistence with every kind of urban fauna.
Athens hosts many secrets and beauties, but in order to see them you have to keep your eyes open, and sometimes try to approach some strange little creatures, in order to make it easier for them to whisper to you some positive and funny life messages!
Thanks for the valuable assistance of Lia and the other children from the pottery workshop of the Greek Blinds' Lighthouse.
New World Training Ground
“New World Training Ground” is the name of the first authorized parkour training Ground in Greece, located in Neos Kosmos, Athens. Its establishment aims to provide a secure indoor area for people to learn and advance parkour techniques in a safe environment, under the constant supervision of its founder and all qualified trainers.
Architecturally, this project has been of great interest as it was both challenging and innovatory. Based on both the ethics and aesthetics of parkour, the setting of this endeavor begun with the correct choice of the indoor area itself, continuing with the study of materials, colors and volumes, in order to result into a playful, welcoming and safe sports facility result.
An area of two stages of approximately 100 and 50 square meters, each, were attentively designed to provide aesthetical bloom following all necessary safety regulations, relevant to the specific sport.
Two different indoor sports pavements support two different activities. On the ground floor, black-elastic-rubber-safety mat was selected to support the highest jumping bounce absorption, while on the upper stage light grey PVC floor strips help create a sports floor suitable for indoor gymnastics of low burden. Both floors were made with the latest technology which is strictly adapted to European directives ISO for all use combined with the best quality and low cost.
Natural wood has been selected in order to create a separate semi-private area for the main office of the owner. This allows natural light, air and visual flow to pass through towards both the upper and lower stage of the complex, both by participants, visitors and the owner.
Metal structures, wooden obstacles, suspension ropes, tires, wear and tear on the walls emit a roughness that is balanced by the use of vivid colors on the walls and exercise instruments and the beautiful graffiti at the very entrance.
Strategic choice of color plays a supportive role in the use of space since it is responsible for both conscious and subconscious stimuli and emotions. Because colors are among the strongest pieces of non-verbal communication, they convey, directly, concepts and messages of utmost importance in creating the psychological mood that supports the function of a space.
Concluding many encouraging notes on blackboards, motif posters, and of course great amount of medals and cups present a working, living space with which they have been tied, a successful space for training safely and cheerfully before practicing the moves in the urban landscape.
ZEN MINIMAL LUXURY HOUSING
Athens-based studio LandmArch. Architecture introduces a new hotel typology, entitled ‘ZEN MINIMAL LUXURY HOUSING’. Through this smart housing complex project and its conceptual balance between architecture, nature, mind and spirit, they bring into life the meaning of “Zen”, that of being in a total state of focus incorporating a total togetherness of body and mind, thus to say, feeling peaceful and relaxed.
While the previous situation of the hotel was characterized by a 120 square meters multi-cabin structure of a total twelve, separated, rooms apartment (seven private bedrooms, one shared kitchen, three shared bathrooms and one main office), the new design promotes functionality, privacy and comfort.
This is achieved by creating three individual and fully private apartments of 54, 27 and 27 square meters each, placed strategically to generate natural lighting and ventilation, turning it into a property destination noted for its flawless architecture and its immediate relationship with the picturesque, surrounding landscape.
The biggest challenge has been the one of saving as much space as possible, while creating clean forms, fully comfortable and welcoming. The inspiration rooted to the Japanese and Scandinavian minimalistic approach of interior place-making.
The first step has been the placement of all storage areas, which are perfectly integrated in the design in a way that makes them both invisible and accessible at the same time. The second gesture of place sparing included the idea of mirroring.
The two smaller apartments are located back to back so that each one is the mirror image of the other. This gesture does not only help save as much space as possible, but also created the perfect circumstances to a more accessible and time saving working environment while under construction.
Materials, scale and lighting vary from area to area. The main background color is white, both on the brick walls and the pavement, the last one made by epoxy resin. This creates a relaxing atmosphere which is strengthen by the wide openings, which bring in the natural Mediterranean sunlight and emphasize the surrounding nature towards Mirtoon Pelagos and Mount Parnonas. Multi colored minimal-patterned, luxury furnishing, selected thoughtfully from Greek and Scandinavian firms, provides liveliness and a spicy touch of form and color contrast.
A tailor-made multi furniture of graphite iron and waterproof wood is created to divide one area into three distinctive ones, the living room, the office and the kitchen.
All bathrooms carry their own character. Their walls are colored with earth palette shades of green and blue made from forged cement, while their floors are made of polished grey concrete with a hammered texture, adding a warm feel to the space. Jacuzzi is provided in all of them for a luxury sense of detoxification.
All three apartments are about to host people from around the world and introduce them to the new way of Greek hospitality and home telling.
The rest of the amenities are all characterized by high-end, eco-friendly technology, both for minimizing energy losses and maximizing option availabilities.
Located in the coastal area of Tyros, “ZEN” is embraced by the unique pastoral, rural and savage scenery of the mythical Arcadian landscape. The combination and coexistence of the crystal clear waters of the Argolic Gulf, together with the monumental mountain of Parnonas, also known as the “Holy mountain of Kronos, the leader of the Titans and father of Deus” provide a majestic destination to explore and enjoy.