157+173 designers

Passer Domesticus_urban compact living

- Thessaloniki - Greece

Passer Domesticus_urban compact living :

\What is & Concept

Passer Domesticus is a two storey 1924 historical building, reborn into a unique compact living space for short term habitation and city break experiences.

Originaly a tradesman’s fabrics shop and later a fishing accessories store, Passer Domesticus is dedicated to modern urban living, along with experiencing much of its past era atmosphere.

The aim of the project is to enable people to experience living into a street level shop environment, and feel the city’s vibe from a closer, warmer and more personal perspective.

Away from the city’s usuall busy mood, standing into a small historical neighborhood into the heart of the city, Passer Domesticus ground level – stand alone habitation, becomes an experience itself, a reminder of characteristics found in small scale societies, greek villages and city neighborhoods of the past.

Passer Domesticus aims to additionally offer private – in place – experiences to its guests, such as exclusive dinners, private small music concerts, small exhibitions hosting and guided historic retrospectives.

\Νomenclature & Inspiration

“Passer Domesticus” in Latin, is the little bird of the sparrow genus “Passer”, native in the Mediterranean region and strongly associated with human habitations into urban settings.

“Passer” as someone -like the sparrow birds- who passes by and “domestic”, as the definition of the urban space, Passer Domesticus becomes a little nest inside the urban environment to host all romantic urban nomads.

\Space Description

Passer Domesticus is a two storey, yet four level space, including basement, ground floor, mezzanine, and first floor, while ending on a flat roof.

The ground floor opperates as the main salone, with a resting area, a dinner / working table, small kiitchenette and a large clear glass facade torwards the street while the mezzanine, is specially built with a white strong fisherman’s net, offering the space a comfortable and very trendy area of resting. In the bedroom area, the old wooden painted floor, the intentionally left rusty metallic window roll tops, and semi transparent papper curtains, complete the super calm feeling of the bedroom.The bathroom at the basement, has a mixed old Monumental / Cycladitic style feeling, with a private garden of plants and stones in the lighted area of the cour-anglaise, while reddish brick, pink marble and grey cement floor, is a direct reference to the Bezesten famous Ottoman market building, which stands next corner.

Project name: Passer Domesticus
Architect’ Firm: 157+173 designers
Website: http://www.157-173designers.eu/
Contact e-mail: 157.173@gmail.com
Lead Architects: Babis Papanikolaou , Christina Tsirangelou
Project location: Papadopoulou 3, Thessaloniki, Greece

Completion Year: late 2017
Gross Built Area (square meters or square foot): 45 sqm

Photo credits: 157+173designers & Kostas Pappas ( http://jertef.tumblr.com )

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