3D Architectural Visualization of Minion Building in Athens, Greece
We bring to life architectural masterpieces like the Minion project, where each rendering is a symphony of light, texture, and urban rhythm. Our visualizations are not just images; they are narratives of space and time, capturing the essence of Athens’s transformation.
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The aim with Minion is to echo its unparalleled success from the ’60s and ’70s. Situated in a transforming area of Athens, once neglected, it’s now poised for a major uplift with the Patision – Aiolou axis upgrade. This includes an expansion of the National Archaeological Museum and improvements to Omonia. Despite its bustling day-time activity with offices and stores, the area currently quiets down at night. The Kokkinou – Kourkoulas Architects and Associates envision the Minion as more than a commercial hub; it’s a fusion of residential, cinematic, musical, and café spaces, ensuring a vibrant attraction all day and night.
The design of this space is fundamentally influenced by three factors: the rise of the internet, the imperative of green energy in response to climate change, and the incorporation of the local urban neighborhood’s spatial elements and atmosphere. With the internet reshaping commerce, where e-commerce brings goods to us, buildings now serve dual purposes. They’re not just warehouses but ‘flagships’ offering sensory experiences. These are not just shopping destinations but cultural centers, fostering chance encounters, education, entertainment, and shared experiences. Green energy technologies are central to architectural design, not just as a technical solution but as an organic element. The unique characteristics of the surrounding area are a starting point for new constructions, ensuring that Minion becomes a landmark building in Omonia’s evolving landscape.
Opposite the modernist logic that dominates the buildings in the area, mostly offices that remain dark at night, the architects propose a strategy of dressing the building in a ‘fabric with folds‘ that overturns the prevailing aesthetic of the existing facades. This pleated curtain, crafted from stainless mesh, not only transforms the building’s look but also offers bioclimatic benefits by reducing solar radiation. It reshapes the conventional layout of the neighboring buildings by covering their facades and serving as a dynamic projection screen for color and light. Alongside its commercial, residential, and office functions, the Minion hosts a range of cultural activities. With music, exhibitions, dining, and a café at both the ground floor arcade and the rooftop, which includes a restaurant, cinema, and concert space. This diversity ensures the building remains active and engaging at all times.
From the grandeur of neoclassical European arcades like the Pesmazoglou to the smaller, dead-end ones within building blocks, the design draws from these influences. On the ground floor, the architects introduced a diagonal axis – a private spot that enhances connectivity from Patision towards Omonia. This, not only doubles the storefront space on the ground floors but also serves as a lively space for café and music, attracting passersby and enhancing the building’s commercial and cultural appeal.
In the building’s core, a vertical light axis links the ground floor to the roof. This connection is amplified by the ‘energy tree – sculpture‘. A feature that merges green energy technology with artistic symbolism, making it a landmark feature. The sculpture’s design integrates photovoltaic elements, turning it into an energy-generating structure. From the third floor upwards, residences with independent entrances are aimed at short-term rentals for working visitors, while offices occupy corner spaces, offering flexibility for either office use or retail, depending on future demands.
The Minion project aimed to transform Athens’ architecture. Our goal: revive the Minion area’s rich history by creating more than a building—a cultural icon. Kokkinou – Kourkoulas Architects and Associates merged historical allure with modern design, making the Minion a hub for urban life and cultural innovation, day and night.
Visualizing the Minion posed a great challenge. The aim was to capture and embody the evolving spirit of Athens. The designs had to honor the city’s history and weave in modern sustainability. We struck a balance between beauty, innovation, and eco-efficiency, crafting a narrative that honors both Athens’ past and future.
Every detail, from the facade’s curtain-like folds to the lively rooftop retreat, was carefully created. We infused the Minion with life, making each corner a story, every space an experience. The project showcases our skill in turning visions into realities, heralding a new chapter in architectural visualization.
Ascending to the Minion’s terrace, one finds a serene haven where architecture and the Athenian horizon converge in quiet dialogue. The sweeping canopy stretches towards the sky, its rhythmic pattern casting an intricate dance of light and shadow across the tranquil oasis.
This rooftop sanctuary offers a respite from the city’s fervor, a place to gather, reflect, and gaze outward to the expansive cityscape that is cradled by history and kissed by the Mediterranean sun. You can gaze at the Acropolis and the Lycabettus Hill, a point of view that highlights their beauty. Here, you can find a restaurant and an open-air cinema. A whole new experience when combined with the amazing view. It’s an encounter with the sublime, where each moment is framed by the grandeur of Athens and the visionary foresight of a building that reaches out to the world beyond its boundaries.