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Industrial capsule, Metamorphosis - Roula Kotsilati - Greece
  • Industrial capsule, Metamorphosis - Roula Kotsilati - Greece
  • Industrial capsule, Metamorphosis - Roula Kotsilati - Greece
  • Industrial capsule, Metamorphosis - Roula Kotsilati - Greece
Industrial capsule, Metamorphosis - Roula Kotsilati - Greece


RIBA Chartered Architect with offices in Athens and Berlin. Graduate from De Montfort University in Leicester, UK (BA Arch) and South Bank University in London, UK (PG Dip Arch).

Roula Kotsilati Architecture was founded in 2004 providing outstanding works of architecture and interior design. Roula’s work has international influences and focuses at the innovation of form and technology with highly crafted and detailed designs, always considering architecture on a spatial, social and ecological level. Light is the hallmark of her design approach, which certainly goes back to her Greek origin.

Roula’s portfolio includes a wide range of scales, building typology and budget, such as residential blocks, luxurious private residences, industrial buildings and affordable housing. Every project environment is unique and inspired from the understanding of the contexts and local characteristics that stimulate the imagination without imposing a specific style. Each project is a result of a story to be told, a new expression of the contemporary codes that aspires to go beyond the expectations of the client.

Project Description

This project is a new mixed-use building for Vianex S.A., the Leading Pharmaceutical Company in Greece, situated in an industrial park and bordered by the national highway, on a site totalling 12,226sqm. The program includes a double height ground floor and basement that facilitate a 4,236sqm warehouse for the medicines. The offices are on the first floor, covering a surface of 2,118sqm. The organization concept for the office space is a 'working capsule' model, inserted between the steel constructional frame. Administration, offices and logistics area are arranged within the honey-comb concept.

Materials for the facade are chosen to emphasise the building's different uses. The south and west warehouse facade is clad in perforated and seamed aluminium sheets. A yellow film has been applied underneath providing a muted sense of colour. The same yellow colour is repeated within the first floor's 'working capsules'. The rest of the building facades is clad in light grey reflective aluminium and mineral wool panels.

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