Art Warehouse: Boeotia Grey
On hearing the word concrete one cannot help but bring to mind a heavy grey construction or even buildings of the 60s-70s and their straight minimal lines that left no space for curves or warmth. However, the building we are looking into today is here to change the way we see concrete forever.
Its imposing height, smooth curves and wide wall openings are so well-integrated into the idyllic location that it seems to have always been part of the surrounding nature just like the olivetrees, oleanders and cypresses around it. A space where one can be inspired, create and exhibit their works, it’s no wonder this monolithic modern structure hosts an artist’s workspace.
The art studio is situated in Boeotia, central Greece, and was brought to life by Athens Studio A31 Architecture. A31 Architecture designed the space as a combined studio and gallery for painter Alexandros Liapis.
Its 75m2 are fully integrated to the surrounding area and as architect Praxitelis Kondylis says, “The space created is open, friendly, solemn, and simple. It forms part of the nature as if it has been standing there for ages.” The double-height glass-fronted entrance lets natural light in highlighting the artist’s works. The horizontal wide openings on the sides of the building serve as windows that let the sunshine in during daylight and artificial light beaming out during nightime. Part of the landscape was incorporated in the open-space sculpture gallery, hosting the artist’s creations.
photos : Yiannis Hadjiaslanis