A Modern Penthouse in Athens

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April 23, 2014
By straightening angles, installing windows, and adding vertical accents, architect Aaron Ritenour brought light and order to an irregularly shaped apartment in the heart of Athens, Greece. Read Full Article
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  Iason Vassiliou, Maria Voutsina, and their daughter, Angeliki, relax in a landing-level office at their apartment in Athens, Greece.  Photo by: Gunnar Knechtel
    Iason Vassiliou, Maria Voutsina, and their daughter, Angeliki, relax in a landing-level office at their apartment in Athens, Greece.

    Photo by: Gunnar Knechtel

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  The 1,292-square-foot split-level apartment occupies the top two floors of a building in central Athens that was completed in 1995. The apartment’s configuration allows for four balconies and panoramic views of the city and its tallest natural feature, Mount Lycabettus.  Photo by: Gunnar Knechtel
    The 1,292-square-foot split-level apartment occupies the top two floors of a building in central Athens that was completed in 1995. The apartment’s configuration allows for four balconies and panoramic views of the city and its tallest natural feature, Mount Lycabettus.

    Photo by: Gunnar Knechtel

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  HAL Tube and Sledge chairs, by Jasper Morrison for Vitra, are arranged around an Extesso dining table by Neo Katoikein. A George Nelson Eye Clock sits on the cantilevered shelving by Pafos, a furniture company based in Oinofyta, Greece, which also constructed the built-in cabinets in the living room. The pendant lamp includes fixtures designed by Lee Broom for Oikos.  Photo by: Gunnar Knechtel
    HAL Tube and Sledge chairs, by Jasper Morrison for Vitra, are arranged around an Extesso dining table by Neo Katoikein. A George Nelson Eye Clock sits on the cantilevered shelving by Pafos, a furniture company based in Oinofyta, Greece, which also constructed the built-in cabinets in the living room. The pendant lamp includes fixtures designed by Lee Broom for Oikos.

    Photo by: Gunnar Knechtel

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  A vintage stool, a design that once was a staple of Greek classrooms, is tucked under the office desk on a landing leading to a balcony. The visual theme of the vertical wooden slats repeats itself here, including on a closet door. “They have no handles,” Ritenour says of the closet doors. “The lines are the door handles; you have to know to grab them.”  Photo by: Gunnar Knechtel
    A vintage stool, a design that once was a staple of Greek classrooms, is tucked under the office desk on a landing leading to a balcony. The visual theme of the vertical wooden slats repeats itself here, including on a closet door. “They have no handles,” Ritenour says of the closet doors. “The lines are the door handles; you have to know to grab them.”

    Photo by: Gunnar Knechtel

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  Vassiliou and Angeliki tuck into watermelon slices on a patio off the master bedroom. The terrace offers views of Mount Lycabettus, whose peak towers 745 feet above Athens, and the city itself, which splays out toward the mountains in the distance.  Photo by: Gunnar Knechtel
    Vassiliou and Angeliki tuck into watermelon slices on a patio off the master bedroom. The terrace offers views of Mount Lycabettus, whose peak towers 745 feet above Athens, and the city itself, which splays out toward the mountains in the distance.

    Photo by: Gunnar Knechtel

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  Ritenour carved a window into an L-shaped wall to open the cramped master bedroom to a small, light-filled atrium (below). An unsightly structural beam was covered with wood to create a distinctive sunken bed.  Photo by: Gunnar Knechtel
    Ritenour carved a window into an L-shaped wall to open the cramped master bedroom to a small, light-filled atrium (below). An unsightly structural beam was covered with wood to create a distinctive sunken bed.

    Photo by: Gunnar Knechtel

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  Angeliki’s toys share space in the living room with an ETR coffee table and Molded Plastic Rocker chair, both by Charles and Ray Eames and purchased from Vitra. Behind the couch, 300 vertical oak strips add a decorative element.  Photo by: Gunnar Knechtel
    Angeliki’s toys share space in the living room with an ETR coffee table and Molded Plastic Rocker chair, both by Charles and Ray Eames and purchased from Vitra. Behind the couch, 300 vertical oak strips add a decorative element.

    Photo by: Gunnar Knechtel

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  Lycabettus Penthouse Floor Plan

A	Kitchen
B	Dining Room
C	Living Room
D	Child’s Bedroom
E	Bathroom
F	Master Bathroom 
G	Master Bedroom
H	Terrace
I	Office  Photo by: Gunnar Knechtel
    Lycabettus Penthouse Floor Plan A Kitchen B Dining Room C Living Room D Child’s Bedroom E Bathroom F Master Bathroom G Master Bedroom H Terrace I Office

    Photo by: Gunnar Knechtel

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