Aktipis Flowershop by Point Supreme Architects

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Athens studio Point Supreme Architects have designed an interior for a florist in Patras, Greece.

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The shop is furnished with 14 tables clad in white tiles, which occupy the centre of the shop and allow for changing displays.

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The walls are decorated with jungle imagery, while painted birds adorn electrical fixtures and plastic lizards rest on the tables.

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Photographs by Yiannis Drakoulidis.

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Aktipis Flowershop

The renovation of a 40m2 flower-shop in Patras, Greece, was an opportunity for Point Supreme Architects to react to the absolute uniformity of such shops. Research on the topic both inside the country and abroad, showed that flower-shops are always over-filled with flora from floor to ceiling, in all heights and positions towards the customer.

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The beauty of the merchandise alone stands to make any further spatial quality impossible. Even the ability of clients to smell, touch and examine the items on sale is not taken care of, as plants and flowers are usually placed on all floor, tables and shelves available.

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This, together with the fact that the client is a very creative, active florist who likes to adapt to different seasons, Greek feasts and occasions by changing the items on sale and by even making small display installations, plus the limited budget at hand, lead to the simple solution of completely cleaning the space of all previous constructions and furniture and simply placing 14 archetypical tables, which carry all the merchandise, in the middle of the shop.

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The tables are all different in proportions and sizes so that each one can relate to specific kinds and sizes of plants. They can be grouped and combined in various ways to reduce or alter the size and character of the total furniture complex.

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Placing the tables in the center of the space concentrates the customers’ view in a single direction. The simplicity of the tables, clad in white square tiles in combination with the white floor act as the perfect background for the rich, vivid and complex colors and shapes of the flowers and plants placed on top.

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The wallpaper, designed by the architects themselves, gives a blurry, graphic image of typical nature forms -a piece of jungle- in gigantic size; After looking at the image for a while, the real plants look more real than ever. Images of birds taken from an old Greek encyclopedia appear to be playing with the shops technical details; plugs, water drains and speakers also seem to come alive and become mysterious creatures of this jungle.

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Seen from outside, the shop capitalizes on the form of the building it occupies. The original façade has been revealed and an old, abandoned steel door with an abstract flower pattern has been integrated. Old-fashioned translucent glazing with embossed leaves-patterns fill the remaining gaps offering yet another aspect of the topic's iconography.

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A part of the façade is pushed back, offering a display space outside the shop, in reaction to the typical practice whereby shops spread beyond their limits consuming public space.

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Smaller details such as garden chairs used inside, small plastic lizards on the tables and the sound of birds emanating from the speakers, complete the surreal experience leaving one constantly wondering if this actually is an exterior or interior space.

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Architecture: Point Supreme Architects (Konstantinos Pantazis, Marianna Rentzou, Giorgos Pantazis)
Graphics: Point Supreme Architects
Light consultant: Athina Papanikou
Photos: Yiannis Drakoulidis,
Area: 40m2
Budget: 20.000 euros
Date: October 2008
Location: Patras, Greece

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  • Bryce

    Superstudio.

  • seagrut

    what do you mean? superstudio?
    just because you see white square tiles you think it is superstudio?

    i actually like this shop, it is cute in a revisited and updated 1970s kind of way (with compressed jpgs on the walls) it makes me happy

  • modular

    The models and 3D renderings are way better than the final result……

    And Bryce, get a life please :)

  • Matt

    This is thoughtful, considerate and humble. I really like it. And to make a good post great we even get plans large enough to read!

  • http://www.yatzer.com Pro ZUY: Jean Pierre Raynaud , french artist

    Jean Pierre Raynaud , french artist will love that!!!
    try to translate with google translate
    “A l’école d’horticulture, on m’avait appris à soigner les fleurs, mais pas à les empêcher de mourir. Je décidais d’éviter de nouvelles victimes en remplissant les pots avec du ciment”.

  • http://www.yatzer.com Pro ZUY: Jean Pierre Raynaud , french artist

    …with google translate…
    “A school of horticulture, I was taught to care for flowers, but not to prevent them from dying. I decided to avoid further casualties by filling the pots with cement. “Jean Pierre Raynaud
    … one more Starck’s vision…. for english addicts
    ” vases are cemetory for cut flowers” Philippe Starck

  • http://x flowout

    this look totally like any dutch flowershop. it looks nice but its for me totally not new .. me as being a florist and a designer i have seen these ways of working tomuch.. but maybe it was not in greece yet.
    nice work in the end. but not surprising

  • J

    the final results are much better.
    to modular, maybe you are confused. lol :)

  • Davide

    very nice, but very supponent

  • http://www.dysturb.net m

    just plain wonderful. I love the door in that bricolage modern front.

  • lana

    quite cute, although too white for me. flowers and plants are better in a context, specially a colourful context.
    like the models.

  • Rockstar

    presentation is spot on, the shop is very well executed too. definitely superstudio, but with a charming new flair! well done

  • J

    Damn i love those models. Really nice design!

  • a-haus

    It has a definite 70′s vibe to it (chunky geometric platforms, white tile patterns, wall murals, and large profile lighting), but it’s strangely intriguing.

  • GRACE

    This is amazing!!!i happen to be from Patras and happen to know the family as they had their old flowershop in my neighborhood!!!i love the concept, the project and how the white tiles and the white of the shop works as canvas for the flowers’ colours to prevail!
    ohh, and very nice plans and elevation, but my favourite is the section and the models!
    well done!

  • carmelo

    Some variations on Quaderna table…
    the art of transformation is typical in some of the OMA’s disciples

  • gerry

    lana is right. i think the graphics on the wall are great but will limit what can be done to change out the atmosphere of the place in future. the white is very cohesive but almost too much. it almost restricts any other change if one wanted one. being a florist myself, i would feel too stifled. also, the use of a more natural material like wood as i have seen in dutch stores would go better for flowers.

  • carlos

    just great! it is a flowershop made out of beauty
    so many thinks inside a little shop
    congratulations supreme people!