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Alumni Yerasimos Vamvakidis

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The insistence of the client on these matters, between ages and product, brought to surface “obsessions” of my own on this matter, like the “Acrobat on a ball” painting (Picasso,1905) which is a metaphor of youth and maturity, of the light weight and the concrete.

 
Alumni Yerasimos Vamvakidis (M.Arch. II '06) designs optical store in Athens is also featured on Archdaily.com
 
An optical store in Neo Psyhiko, Athens, is a lesson in organization.
 
The 65-sq-m space is long and narrow, with a 3-m-wide façade facing the street. Architect Yerasimos Vamvakidis says the client asked for separate spaces to display sunglasses, vision glasses and products for various age groups. ‘The resulting architectural gesture could be characterized as a simple metaphor – an experiment of space – that’s founded on the coexistence between these two elements: the soaring and the grounded,’ Vamvakidis says. Products for youth are displayed on free-standing surfaces, while products for older clients are on a rectangular volume that incorporates storage space in its lower half. Meanwhile, sunglasses are displayed on plywood and regular glasses rest on the black iron surface, which extends to the mezzanine where contact lenses are presented.
 
This architectural gesture could be characterized as a simple metaphor, an experiment of space that is founded on the coexistence between these two elements: the soaring and the grounded.
 
The effort to create a harmonic synthesis of different elements, (youth-maturity and wood-iron), was also adopted in the organization of the programmatic areas, like the cashier, the storage, the display benches, tables and surfaces.
 
The separation between vision and sun glasses in achieved through the materiality of the display surfaces: the vision glasses are placed in surfaces of black iron and the sunglasses are nested on surfaces of plywood.

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