Agemar Angelicoussis Group Headquarters

Agemar Angelicoussis Group Headquarters

Architect
RS Sparch PC
Location
Athens, Greece | View Map
Project Year
2018
Category
Offices
Stories By
RS Sparch PC

LAMM
Erieta Attali
Product Spec Sheet

ElementBrandProduct Name
Windows manufacturerVITROCSA
External FramesSCHÜCO
Interior FurnitureSteelcase
CeilingsArmstrong Ceiling Solutions
Auditorium seatingsLAMM
Movable WallsAbopart

Product Spec Sheet
Windows manufacturer
External Frames
by SCHÜCO
Interior Furniture
Auditorium seatings
by LAMM
Movable Walls
by Abopart

Agemar Angelicoussis Group Headquarters

RS Sparch PC as Architects

The story to be told by Agemar is one of openness to the horizon, fluidity, continuities, whiteness, light-and-shadow composition. Athens on the other hand is dense, varied, contradictory.

Agemar is not a corporate building. It is more of a ‘house’ for one of the biggest worldwide maritime group of companies, a rather big house, though.

In every project, there is a magic moment that changes what you look at and allows the idea to emerge. This is the moment that generates the story to be told by the project. This was the moment when, standing οn the bridge simulator, the architect had a sense that a sea voyage is about a destination, that is, a horizon and a direction. The proximity to the sea and the maritime nature of the client were coupled with the architect’s personal experience. A Sea Voyage became Agemar’s story.  The voyage to the sea though is not only literal; being interested in the ways our “internal sea” influences what we do and what we are, Rena sees design as the bridging of two worlds: one, our personal world, the “space within,” this internal sea of hopes, desires, and all we are; and the other, the external world of reality. Every creative activity integrates the two worlds, or at least tries to, she describes in her monograph on Agemar, (Sea Voyage, 2019, Hatje Cantz,

Agemar is a building that talks about the horizon and the opening to the sea. Horizontality and directionality were joined in a fluid geometry that generated the flexible non-finite form. The long horizontal lines of a ‘floating in the sea’ fluid form that expands or contracts, adapts to the urban scale and differentiates the building from its surroundings, create a strong corporate image in the city scape and set up a dialogue with the intense Attic light. In a ‘thick wall’ strategy, they transform the external view to a ‘movie-strip’. An ellipsoidal atrium gives spatial intelligibility and generates a play of light and shadows.

Agemar covers 30,616 square meters of floor area in two buildings. Building A, Administration, houses the entrance foyer, company museum, and library on the ground floor, open-plan offices on five floors, owners’ and executive offices on the sixth floor, and an owner’s lounge, a canopy, and an extensive roof garden on the top floor. Building B, Crew, has an amphitheater and a restaurant on the ground floor, offices on three floors, and a roof garden. The two buildings connect underground on four levels, with a company gym and a twenty-five-meter swimming pool, bridge and engine simulators, and auxiliary spaces on the first underground level, and parking for 330 cars on the other three.

As if in a metaphor of a boat at sea, materiality distinguishes between the white of the floating upper part and the gray of the base; white marble cladding CNC cut with a stainless-steel substructure in the upper part of Building A, a GRC prefabricated claustra and gray sanded marble for the base. Building B, on the other hand, is covered by a vertical garden. Continuities in form and spatial definitions, in material choices and detailing give the interior an airy quality. The structure is steel-reinforced concrete. Prestressed beams and metal suspension columns support the large cantilevers. Great care is given to efficient energy consumption and all environmental aspects.

Agemar is a LEED Platinum building, World Architecture Festival 2019 Shortlisted, Mies Van Der Rohe European Architecture Award 2019 nominee, and has an Iconic Award in Innovation 2019.

 

Material Used:
1. Marbles: Smili
2. Ceilings: Armstrong
3. External Frames: Schüco
4. Sliding Windows: Vitrocsa
5. Plasterboard: Knauf
6. Pools: Stelnic
7. Woodworks: Epexyl
8. Acoustic Ceilings: Sto Color
9. Reception Desks: Corian DuPont
10. Glass Fibre Reinforced Concrete: Marathon
11. Movable Walls: Abopart
12. Interior Furniture: Vitra, Steelcase
13. Carpets: Chilewhich

Tulip armchair for the new Agemar headquarters in Athens, Greece

LAMM as Auditorium seatings
photo_credit Tulip Armchairs
Tulip Armchairs

LAMM has contributed to the realisation of the conference hall at Anangel Maritime Group new headquarters in Athens (Greece) with the supply of Tulip armchairs.The new head office of the biggest Greek maritime group, with its 30.616 m2, is one of the most impressive buildings ever constructed in Athens for the private sector. Designed by the firm Sparch Architects, this ship-like structure with rounded lines consists of two sections, connected with suspension bridges.
A special attention was devoted to the lighting design of workspaces and façades, a project developed by Eleftheria Deko Lighting Design, which won the first prize at the last Darc Awards. In terms of sustainability, the quality of the Athenian structure is also attested by the LEED Platinum certification.

photo_credit Tulip Armchairs
Tulip Armchairs

Tulip armchairs by LAMM have been installed in this prestigious context, thanks to the collaboration of the dealer Tsaoussoglou. Conceived by Bartoli Design, Tulip is a conference armchair characterised by the synchronised innovative opening system of seats and armrests and a compact and rounded shape, which facilitates its inclusion in different architectural settings. Chosen in the beam-mounted version and equipped with writing tablets, the armchairs have been arranged in straight rows on steps.

photo_credit Tulip Armchairs
Tulip Armchairs

 

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