Where once there was an ice cream factory now houses an award winning architectural project, “The Breeder” Gallery. Located in Athens, Greece and originally built in 1970 the building was left empty and abandoned for many years before it was selected by the owners of the gallery to become their new creativity centre. The renovation was undertaken by the famous Greek architect Aris Zambikos and managed to win one of the three awards nominated every four years by the Hellenic Institute of Architecture. The interior space changed a lot in order to become practical to its new function. On the contrary, the old, steel window frames were kept unchangeable contributing to the industrial character of the building. But what I like the most is the new concrete staircase’s design that helps spread the light that comes through the main skylight.
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Given that people nowadays – due the the economical situation – spend less money on expensive furniture, young designers are pushed to think how they can succeed. Athens, Greece based designer Alexander Xanthakis adds: In order to sell my design, without notoriety, the object has to be simple, strong and affordable. A minimalist chair because it has to be minimal. A chair which is both strong – tested to support a weight of 1000kg – and elegant on the one hand, but made with less material and production labour on the other hand. He came up with the “7.11 €/kg” Chair, made of 5 bended pieces of steel welded together, one consolidating the other. The 7.11 € per kilogram is the mass production cost that Xanthakis aimed for since the project started.