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WHO WE ARE​

"To sense (sentir) is to have qualities"
M. Merleau-Ponty
 
LandmArch. is an award-winning, creative, research and educational practice for landscape architecture, urban planning and architecture, based in Athens, Greece and Stockholm, Sweden. We hold a professional engineering license (Classification B-Category 7), by the Greek Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport, for municipal projects of OPEN PUBLIC SPACES.

Our goal is clear. Design Sustainable and Social Cohesive Societies IN HUMAN SCALE! We focus therefore on the importance of SOCIAL SUSTAINABILITY by means of social inclusion, site-specificity, safety, social interaction, environmental protection, enhancement of the biodiversity, accessibility, walkability and circular economy.​

We have succeeded in being among international researchers, to give a lecture on 'Social Sustainability as a tool towards Sustainable Urban Development', at the IFLA World Congress 2023, the world's largest event for professionals in landscape architecture and urban planning. The same project has been also selected for presentation at the Conference “LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE +20. Education, Research and Practice”, 2-4 November 2023, in Thessaloniki, Greece.

 
Focusing on the important role of creative and digital placemaking, the SDGs of Agenda 2030, the EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030 and the cultural and design goals of the New European Bauhaus Initiative, we aim to play a leading role in urban, peri urban and rural planning, in Greece and abroad.​​​​​​​

WHAT WE DO​​

In LandmArch. WE DESIGN PLACES FOR PRIVATE AND PUBLIC PROJECTS, no matter the scale, and we do it with responsibility towards the client, the environment and society. We support Placemaking processes and we believe that 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!!!!​​​​​​​​

THE ARTS 
 
​​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!

THE FOUNDER​​

Xenia Mastoraki: 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. and from 2018 to 2020 she has been a Senior Landscape Architect for the International leading engineering,  design and consultancy company Ramboll in Stockholm, Sweden. Through her firm LandmArch. she provides consultancy services for architecture and landscape architecture projects worldwide.
 
​THE PARTNER

​​Vasilis Ingvar Raptis: 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 has been working as an urban planner, landscape architect and BIM expert for international architectural studios in Stockholm, since 2016.

THE TEAM

​Our team in Athens includes lighting designers, industrial designers, irrigation planners, gardeners, environmentalists and horticulturists with high experience in implemented projects.


THE CLIENTS

​L'OREAL HELLAS
ELERGO S.A. 
Municipality of Korinthos
Municipality of South Kinouria
Municipality of Pafos
Municipality of Arta
Municipality of Nemea
Private clientele

 
​HONORS​​

IFLA World Congress 2023, Oral presentation of accepted scientific paper, Stockholm, 2023
“LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE +20. Education, Research and Practice”, Conference, Thessaloniki, Greece, 2023
BigSEE Interior Design & Tourism Award, 2019
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, Italy, 2015
​Walk21 Vienna Stepping ahead, Qualified participatory project, Vienna, Austria, 2015​
Agro Al Ain International Exhibition for Agriculture & Landscaping, Qualified participatory project, United Arab Emirates, 2014​
8th European Landscape Biennial, Qualified participatory project, Barcelona, Spain, 2014
 
​​​​​​​​MEMBERSHIPS

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).

Projects

Projects

Private outdoor areas for a residential project, Livadi, Greece

Landscape architecture for a 4 Star Hotel Complex, Sampatiki, Greece 

2022

Under construction project


LandmArch. has been chosen to participate in the holistic design of the outdoor areas for the new 4 Star Hotel in Sampatiki, Greece. Consisting of 11 separate suites, spas, an infinity pool and a spectacular view towards Myrtoan Gulf and the beautiful port of Sampatiki, this new destination is one of the game changers, regarding hospitality, in the region.

 

LandmArch. has been in charge for analysing, designing and consulting the implementation process of an approximate 2000 sqm  of landscape areas. Working with both HARD- and SOFTSCAPE our main goal has been to highlight the genius loci, pointing out the main entrances, stand and viewpoints, open-air activities zones and waiting rooms.

 

All necessary actions have been taken, in order to determine the appropriate TOPOGRAPHY for the best possible facilitation of motor and pedestrians' movements, including people with disabilities. Geocell slope protection systems have been chosen in order to provide excellent protection for slopes against erosion through their designed expandable, strong, and cellular structures. In the hardscape the extensive use of permeable pavement, such as loose crushed stone, gravel and grass paving, together with elaborated local stone, cast pebble flooring or terrazzo and stabilized aggregate provide results that are durable, natural looking that require low maintenance, combining practicality, safety, weather resistance and non-slippery properties.

 

All in all they add to a welcoming and warm atmosphere with sustainable qualities. In the softscape study, special emphasis has been given to the selection of native plants, in order to better integrate themselves into the local ecosystem for both aesthetic and functional reasons, such as pollination, easier supply, behavior of plants in the local subsoil, water consumption for irrigation, maintenance and replacement.

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Site specific regeneration of Patras seafront based on Agenda 2030, Greece

Placemaking in contemporary urban design - Site specific regeneration of Patras seafront based on Agenda 2030, Greece

2020

National Competition

 The project aims in having a broader impact in the local urban design, by promoting the application of participatory design and "placemaking" processes. Furthermore, its aim is to provide follow-up design solutions which are based on the main principles of Agenda 2030.

 

In other words, the goal is to cultivate a mindset where all stakeholders involved in the area’s urban development work together as a team. In that way, it will be possible to recover from the dysfunctional decision-making practices of the past and their negative impact into public space.

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The “Three Mills Green Lido Park”, UK

Homogenous Culture and Diverse Population - The “Three Mills Green Lido Park”, UK

2020

Research Project


Globalisation and the advancement of transportation system and connectivity render our cities' population to be more diverse in ethnicity, religion, nationality, ability and thinking. As landscape spaces are usually "public" in nature, how could the planning and designing of our landscape spaces cater to these diverse demands, needs and preferences from various group of population? How can we avoid conflicts among the various group of population? How do we plan for more diversity, rather than homogenous solution due to rural-urban migration? How do we ensure the resilience of our heritage and culture?

ZEN MINIMAL LUXURY HOUSING, Greece

ZEN MINIMAL LUXURY HOUSING, Greece

2019

Delivered Project

 

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.

PEDA West Attica Headquarters, Greece

PEDA West Attica Headquarters, Greece

2018

National Competition

 

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 Loumaki Park, Greece

The Loumaki Park, Greece

2018

National Competition

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.

L’Oréal Hellas Logistics Outdoor Areas, Greece

L’Oréal Hellas Logistics Outdoor Areas, Greece

2017

Delivered Project

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.

Digital Placemaking
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Digital placemaking "Reality²", Greece

2016

Proposal Project at the Culture Department of Greece

The restoration of past landscapes can be achieved by using as a medium contemporary technologies, such as the use of three-dimensional holograms. This three-dimensional technology, as a volume-image, will correspond to the initial state of the monuments, which has been split up by the passing of time, so that the visitor will be able to move between a semi natural - semi dreamy landscape, where the boundaries of both material and immaterial world will correlate.

The idea of this new interactive relationship between people and the landscape, in real time and space, is something extremely innovative regarding the new perception of the world, which is under constant change and redefinition, as technological evolution moves constantly on and on.

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“Wujiang East Lake Tai Ecological Tourism Resort”, China

2015

International Competition

Wujiang East Lake Tai Ecological Tourism Resort is planned to become a future landmark in the southeast of Jiangsu Province, that will host almost 500,000 visitors annually, becoming the Most Ecological Charm in Lakeside of Lake Tai.

Proper planning, engineering, and management for sustainable pocket beaches -public and  private sand-filled beach cells- has been one of our priorities, since they can assure a long- term coastal stability and a high quality coastal environment.

High quality native plant communities will attract new flora and fauna to the area, providing them with shelter, food, and breeding grounds. Increasing biodiversity would support a number of natural ecosystem processes and services like air quality, climate control, water purification, pollination, and aesthetic appeal. Parameters such as functionality, leisure and carefree outdoor activities and interactive participation will play a crucial role to enrich local tourism industry.

Accessibility will improve local transportation, especially walking. Eco-friendly lighting will add safety and lead the way towards hidden treasures, such as open-air art pavilions, pathways and stand-points viewing the open horizon. Void and dense areas will complete one another in order to add a strong sense of identity.

Arta

Modular Shading System for Municipality of Arta, Greece

2015

Commissioned Project

This site specific project appeared as a design solution for the complete aesthetical and functional makeover of the two most populated public squares of the city.

The aim of this study is to replace the above constructions, which are, now, installed by shopkeepers in cooperation with the competent bodies, with new ones, in order to provide an holistic, sustainable solution and a clear identity to this specific location.

The proposal will add architectural value to the squares, offering at the same time, comfort, a friendly environment, safety and a sustainable solution, so that it can fit harmoniously into the existing landscape, serving the needs of the general improvement of its surroundings.

Our proposal specifies in detail a particular hexagonal-shaped model, covering a total area of about 10.50 sq.m., which less or more copy the vertical shade area of the existing trees of the square.
The hexagonal shape is based on motifs of Byzantine architecture, which is present everywhere you look around the historical town of Arta.


Moreover, this form serves a possible organic expansion or removal of these shades, in case future changes occur on the surface allowed by the municipality to the tenants. All this may happen without reducing their aesthetic value, both individually and as a whole, which has been one of our main purposes from the very beginning.


Finally, this modular-hexagonal form of the shades, plus the specific area covered by them, is facilitating a clear and smooth integration of the existing trees into the overall organic sinthesis, creating a new, harmonic landscape, dialoging with the existing one.

 

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Snails Parde

Snails Parade Athens, Greece

2015

Urban Installation

 

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 all kinds of urban fauna.

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New World Training Ground, Greece

2015

Delivered Project

“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.

Rebranding Nemea, Greece

2015

Commissioned Project, Awarded Project at "Tourism Awards" 2016

 

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.

Jewellery boutique and gem store in Athens, Greece

2014

Commissioned Project

This project is site specific, and aims to provide a unique and luxury shelter to a rare gem collection which decorates unique pieces of jewels. Therefore, LandmArch. Architecture focuses on minimalism, eclecticism, materials of high quality and clean, polygonal lines in order to set a focus on the rare treasure which is hosted in this exhibition hall.

This gem gallery offers comfort and uplifts the senses. Since it is not a common jewelry shop, its main purpose is to exhibit its art pieces in a very precise way. Its minimal architectural and lighting design supports this idea, since it is used as a neutral scenery in order for the clients to focus on the two main show cases.

 

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