Contrast and light feature in 60s Kypseli apartment

"In a typical Athenian apartment building of the 60s, we were invited in 2019 to design a small apartment with modern functional and aesthetic requirements. Its original layout, quite complex, with small dark spaces and narrow corridors, was also the trigger for the architectural proposal," say DS Architects, who designed the renovation.

"Purity, contrasts, unification, and the element of discovery are the basic synthetic means," add the architects.


Location, Location, Location

Located 2-3 kilometers away from Omonia square, in the heart of Athens, Kypseli is next to trendy neighborhoods like Exarcheia.

It is an area that had been shunned by Athenians for decades. Once an upmarket district popular with the middle and upper class in the sixties, Greeks have been switching it for the northern suburbs. In more recent years, the area became popular with migrants, many of whom rented ground floor apartments or basements.

Now, the area has become increasingly popular once again among Athenians, who want an affordable place to live in that is close to theaters, bars and restaurants, while being a short distance from the city center.


DS-Architects, is an awarded Architecture and Design Studio, based in Athens, Greece, founded in 2020 by Iosif Dakoronias-Marina and Dimitris Sagonas, joining their effort and expertise.

A small, collaborative team of young and enthusiastic Architects, we deliver bespoke, high-end Architectural Design, emphasizing on quality and detail adapted to our values and the client’s needs.