Leaf Architects Studio turned an out-of-date 1960s building in Thessaloniki, Greece into a modern retail space complete with a louvered facade that helps to regulate solar gain. The facade consists of multiple panels arranged starting at the southwest corner of the building, creating a seamless visual connection between the new and existing facade while controlling sunlight. In order to minimize the impact to the customers - the retailer wanted to stay open during construction - components were assembled off-site and later added to the structure.
The building consists of two main volumes with a footprint of 70 by 52 meters. The building has three stories, with additional available space on the lot for future use. According to the architects, “The redesigned facade provides a good, economical and functional shading device to improve heat gain in an existing facade.”
The project also incorporates sustainable design strategies, with eco materials that were sourced locally where possible. These sustainable materials, combined with the prefabrication method of construction – which allowed construction to take place in a quick and efficient way – make the project not only an environmentally-friendly one, but one that had minimal impact on the store’s business.