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CONTENTS Curriculum vitae


Work projects Kontogianni’s residence


Appartment renovation


Two lofts project


Renovation of historical building in the centre of Athens

Renovation proposal of appartment in Athens

Renovation of ground floor store and reuse as two lofts

College projects

Giardino per i bambini


master thesis

The crevice


Modiano Central Food market

The crossroad


Museum of Architecture of Thessaloniki

Patio Foroglou Historic Contruction Systems



irini papalou


04 | 03 | 1993


+ 0030 6943825292 Athens , Greece




June - October 2018

2011- 2017 Aristotle University of Thessaloniki_

Project & construction management Renovation of block of flats in Psychiko, Athens

January - May 2018

Faculty of Architecture MSc in Architecture Engineering

2005 - 2011

Restoration & renovation of Kontogianni’s residence Restoration of historical building in Monastiraki, Athens

Arsakeio Tositseio Ekalis High School Graduate

April-May 2018

Renovation proposal in Peristeri Renovation of ground floor store & reuse as two lofts


July - September 2015

October 2017 “Aristotelous Vs Herbrard” workshop Exhibition design in Thessaloniki’s Concert Hall

Y & A Vikelas architects & associates Internship as junior architect

September 2017 - today Member of the Organising Committee Open House Thessaloniki

July - August 2014

NGK corporation Internship as junior architect

January 2017 - today Organiser of Educational Program Open Shcool Member of the Organising Committee of Open House Athens

July - August 2013

Parthenios architects & associates Internship as junior architect

June 2016 Restoration and Renovation of the Central Food Market Modiano in Thessaloniki Student Arcitectural Contest _ second round of the contest





3DS max

V- Ray

Revit BIM





Communication skills Exceptional communication skills which were gained during my experience as a member of the Open House Greece Organising Committee Organising skills Excellent organising skills, which were accomplished during my work experience in architectural firms Leading skills, which were accomplished in my two-year volunteer experience as a group coordinator in Open House Athens & Thessaloniki events Professional skills Advanced team-working skills and management of time schedules, due to the participation in group projects during my attendance in the Architecture School and my work experience in architectural offices More than adequate skills in taking initiative (present post in Open House Greece Organising Committee) Excellent skills in coaching team, which were gained in my former experience as a group coordinator in Open House Athens & Thessaloniki event.

Microsoft Office Specialist

LANGUAGES Greek Mother tongue English Proficiency Level (C2) Certificate of Proficiency in English, University of

Cambridge (CPE) and Michigan (ECPE)

French DELF B2 Diplome d’ Etudes en Langue Francaise Spanish Nivel B2 Intermedio, Nivel B2





Kontogianni’s residence

Restoration & renovation of historical building restoration | renovation | architecture year place architects

January - May 2018 Monastiraki, Athens, Greece Irini Papalou, Polyxeni Ganouri

This neoclassical building is located in the heart of the historic center of Athens, in Monastiraki, while it is estimated to have been built approximately in 1875. Its location and morphological value constitutes it a monument of the athenian architecture and beauty. As a result, the residence is protected by the Ministry of Culture. The former owner of the bulding, George Kontogiannis, inherited his belongings to a municipality in Peloponese, in Greece, according to his origin. The manager of the municipality, who is our client, intented to restore and renovate the neoclassical building, in order to rent it. Our business plan was to create three tourist stores on Pandrosou ground floor and the rest of the building to host the use of traditional coffee store or hotel of limited rooms. When the architectural proposal was completed, it went through the urban planning and the archaeology bearer, and it was highly approved. Aferwards, the proprietor municipality went through a business content to derive the tenant business of the stores. Now that the new occupants have been found, the restoration is under construction.



The typology of the former residence, as the time passed by, was severely changed. Nowadays, the building constitutes of four levels, a basement, a ground floor and two upper levels. The ground floor hosts three different stores, whith the entrance located on Pandrosou street, and one store on Mitropoleos street. The upper floors are united with the store of Mitropoleos street, while every one of each four stores has its own storage room on the basement level.

the location of Kontogiannis residence

The building is priviledged with the location in the very heart of Athens, between Plaka neighborhood and Monastiraki square. Kontogiannis residence is located in a 100-meter distance from the Monastiraki square, one of the most crowded and centrally-located squares of Athens. It is detouched with the buildings next to it, and its two remaining facades have a view either to Dimopratiriou square (the one on Mitropoleos street) either to Plaka neighborhood and the Acropolis (the one on Pandrosou street).

plan of the building block 12

the view from the residence first floor

Although it is obvious that Kontogianni’s residence has been one of the most emblematic buildings of Athens, nowadays it is mostly destroyed, both on the exterior and interior. One of the aims of the project was to convert the historical building into the significant architectural element it used to be.

photographies of the residence in the 1950’s 13

basement plan

ground floor plan


level +1 plan

level +2 plan


section A-A’


section B-B’


section C-C’

section D-D’


Mitropoleos str facade

Pandrosou str facade


Mitropoleos str facade 20

Pandrosou str facadE 21



Appartment renovation Renovation of ground floor appartment renovation | architecture | interior year March 2018 place Peristeri, Athens, Greece architects Irini Papalou

The appartment is located on the ground floor of a three-storey block of flats. It is a 60 sq.m. residence, which was bought and renovated to host a single young woman. According to the client, the aim of the renovation was to create a calm and relaxing environment, to comfort her from the intensity of her daily routine. The client’s requirements where: - an open plan space for the most of the common-use rooms of the house - a functional kitchen, because of her love to cooking - a small office where she can read or work - extended need for storage The main purpose of the renovation was to create a calm and friendly environment for the resident, based on the absence of colour intensity. The material palette constituted mainly of wood and steel, in black and chrome, whereas the colour palette was based on black, white and grey tones on the furniture.


material palette 25

renovation plan 26


main entrance




living & dining roo


office (study spot)













One of the major problems of the appartment was the existence of many small rooms (entrance hall, secondary hall) and its spatial planning, which made the residence seem a lot smaller than it really was. All these secondary rooms where abolished and the spatial planning was reorganised, creating an open plan living-dining room and kitchen. When entering the appartment there is a corridor leading straight to the living room, while the most private uses are placed on the left (bedroom) and on the right (bathroom) of the corridor. Because of the limited surface of the appartment, extended storage room (wardrobes) are placed, sto that the neatness of the space is maintained.


wardrobe The first stop when entering the appartment is a wardrobe, part of which is a comfortable sit, in order to allow the visitor to take of his shoes/clothes before entering the relaxation zone of the residence.

plan of existing residence 27

3D visualisation

Living & dining room 28


Kitchen 30


Bedroom 32




Two industrial lofts

Renovation of ground floor store & reuse as two lofts renovation | architecture | interior year April - May 2018 place Peristeri, Athens, Greece architects Irini Papalou, Elena Tassopoulou

This project was the renovation of a ground floor store and its reuse as residence. The client’s needs were to rent this residence to college students, studying in the college nearby. The architectural proposal was to create two identical lofts, by separating the existing space vertically. The result would be two open plan lofts, narrow yet elongate, were all the functions would be placed in a row. The material palette used in the renovation was selected to create a youthful and joyful environment. The materials extensively used were mainly concrete and wood, combined with black metal elements and white plaster. The unity of the space dictated the use of the very same elements in all spaces ot the residence.



Ground floor plan

Level +1 plan 38


main entrance


living room


office (study spot)


dining room







The majority of the appartment surface has double height. The most common space functions take place in this double-height area (living & dining room, study office), whereas the most private zone of the house (kitchen, bathroom, bedroom) is placed in the back zone, which was horizontally separated into two levels. The facade would be mainly made by oppenings to the road outside, for the light to reach the interior of the house. On the outside of the oppenings there are blinds, so that the resident can isolate the house from the exterior and the light.


3D visualisation

Living room 40




Dining room 44

Kitchen 45


Bedroom 47

Giardino per i bambini

Kindergarten in Kifisia _ Master thesis restoration | renovation | architecture year September 2017 place Athens, Greece supervisor M.Doussi This diploma project is about the restoration of a mansion built in1900 in Kifisia, a suburb in north Athens and its reuse as a kindergarten. First, we studied the existing situation of the building as it is today and afterwards we suggested its restoration and examined the compatibility of the suggested use. The project suggestion is for the building to be restored, concerning its typology and morphology, so it approaches the initial construction. Furthermore, we propose that its structure gets reinforced where needed and all the later adds and transformations are removed. Regarding the outdoor, we don’t have any proof of how the garden was, so we suggest that a rich garden frames the building. The concept of the rehabilitation is for the kids to experience spaces of different quality, for example a space of double height, rooms of different height, verandas and roofed balconies. The aim is for the kids to understand spatial relations such as inside-out, upstairs and downstairs, open plan spaces and separate rooms.



Concept All the elements added to the building are removed, in order to bring the residence to its initial appearence. Interior and exterior walls were constructed to adapt the villa to its each time needs. The new use suggested is the kindergarden. The potential use comes with a variety of needs, such as safety and need for pysical lighting. Furthermore, the conceptual design asks for spaces of different quality (small and bigger rooms, atrium, inside and outside rooms, a room of double height, roofed balconies) so that the children will get in touch with different kinds of space. To accomplish all the aims of the project, an atrium is designed in the centre of the building, creating a double-heightplayroom. Furthermore, a roofed balcony is transformed into a classroom.


elements removed

elements added or redesigned 51

general plan 52

yard sections 53

ground floor plan 54

first floor plan 55

sections 56


renders _ the yard

renders _ interior 58


The crevice

Modiano Central Food market restoration | renovation | architecture year February- June 2016 place Thessaloniki, Greece Collaboration: V.Papadoulis, V.Varsami This project is about the restoration and rehabilitation of Thessaloniki’s Central Food Market, which was designed and accomplished by Eli Modiano in 1925. The Market was formed as an arcade, which was a pioneer and unconventional method at the time. The project suggestion is for the building to be restored, concerning its typology and morphology, so it approaches the initial construction. Furthermore, we propose that its structure gets reinforced where needed and all the later ads and transformations are removed. Concerning the redesign proposal, a crevice is opened along the vertical axis of the building, in order to unify the ground floor and the basement. The three initial corridors of circulation are maintained. The two lateral corridors maintain the Food Market, while the central corridor is constituted by four restaurants. The basement preserves the use of storage in the two lateral sides and an open plan multifunctional space is formed in the middle, which is supposed to host festivals, workshops and every kind of cultural event. The strongest element of the synthesis is the imposing tree in the middle of the atrium that constitutes the center of the plan as well as the center of the square.


Central corridor view 61

On the ground floor, the three axes of movement are maintained, except that the middle one is now enhanced with the use of dining. The other two communicate with each other at the point of the atrium with wooden ‘’bridges’’.

ground floor plan 62

In the basement, space has a completely different use and value than it has today. In the atrium area, planting and staging points are intensified, creating a sense of urban square. The plantinh used has a double role, driving the visitor straight into the basement, following the direction of Komninou street ramp and concentrating the attention into the center of the atrium. The rest of the basement is a flexible space with the ability to change its plan according to the activities it wishes to accommodate each time. Cours-anglais are preserved to help with ventilation and underground lighting. The access to the basement is also done by the two side ramps, and by the stairs and lifts that run through all the height levels of the building.

basement plan _ festival senario

All interventions proposed respect the historical and aesthetic value of the building. The additions are modern and in contemporary, but they can easily be abrogated. Finally, the elements redesigned or reconstructed follow the same morphology with the initial building using different materials, so that it is made clear which elements are the original and which one constitute a later intervention. basement plan _ workshop senario 63

section A-A’

section B-B’

The decisions made regarding the basic principles of the reconstruction of the arcade Modiano follow both the analysis of the building existing situation and the conclusions that emerged from it. The historical and morphological significance of the building necessitates its preservation and promotion. On the contrary, the abandonment of space and the under-operation of the recent decades create the need for dynamic interventions and new solutions. It is decided to maintain the character and use of the arcade as a central food market. The aim is to highlight the local products and food of Thessaloniki, as well as to preserve the typology and morphological elements both outside and inside the gallery. At the same time, it is proposed to remove all incompatible later interventions and additions. A key element of the proposal is the construction of an atrium centrally in the building to connect the ground floor with the basement and to further illuminate the latter. This suggestion is reinforced by the addition of a glass roof that follows the etching of the patio. 64

V.Irakleiou street view

Ermou street view 65

Atrium view 66

Cell roofs view 67

Typology of sidal stores

fish store

meat store

groceries store

all-in store 68

Central cell plan

section 1-1’

The cells that surround the central axis host the use of dining, offering local dishes and traditional dishes. These dining areas are linked to stores located on the other side of the cell, which provide them with the basic materials and products and feed the restaurants directly through their communication. The shops located on both sides of the cells maintain both typology and their use. 69

section 2-2’

Atrium view _ market 70

Sidal corridor _ market 71

The crossroad

Museum of Architecture of Thessaloniki urban | public | architecture year February- June 2016 place Thessaloniki, Greece Collaboration: V.Papadoulis, V.Varsami This architectural project concerns the creation of the Thessaloniki’s Architecture Museum. Thessaloniki has been a Metropolis throughout its existence, from Roman times until nowadays, being a powerful geographical, social and trade crossroad between the West and the East. Throughout the centuries, Thessaloniki has been enriched with valuable buildings from all historical periods, creating a vast architectural richness. This synthetic proposal is based on the idea of the “Crossroad”, trying to embody this concept into all stages of the synthesis. Initially, the museum consists of four independent volumes that form two vertical corridors at two different levels, in the form of a crossroad. Each one of the volumes has a polygonal shape and gains its greater height at the side of the crossroad. All the volumes gain a different use and consist of two floors.


View from Aggelaki street north entrance 73

General plan of the area 74

View from Aggelaki street west entrance 75

General plan of the building 76

Section A-A’

Section B-B’

Section C-C’


The Exhibition

As far as the museological approach is concerned, the permanent exhibition is located in the largest building and is divided into two floors. The two floors communicate vertically in their center and form two vertical corridors (crossroad). axonometric depiction of the exhibition floors 78

The exhibition is based on chronological criteria and is divided in four periods (antiquity, the Byzantine period, the Ottoman period, and the 19th century until today). Each chronological category is internally distinguished in four thematic sections, namely the historical frame of every period, residential architecture, largescale projects and urban planning.

Level +1 plan

Level +2 plan 79

Patio Foroglou

Historic Contruction Systems restoration | construction | details year: February- June 2016 place: Thessaloniki, Greece collaboration: K.Zacharakis The project is a research concerning the ways of construction and the building methods used in the 19th century historic buildings. In order to carry out this research, we focused on Foroglou building in the area of Ladadika in Thessaloniki. It is a one-storey building, a pyre 19th century sample of eclectism, which brings together all the typical features of the architectural style of the area. Initially, the building was imprinted and all its features (typology, morphology and pathology) were analyzed. Having carried out the imprinting and the detailed study of the elements of the building, we proceeded to the thorough study of its construction components and the visualization of all the building details contained in the building. In this way, conclusions can be drawn about the methods and materials used in the past. As a result, it will be easier to reach conclusions and make a thorough proposal for the static reinforcement and the restoration of the building in all its construction features so as not to cause damage and alterations to the existing building and provide it with some more years of life.



The history of the building

The Foroglou patio is located on 8 Aghios Minas Street and is one of the few surviving buildings of the historic center that were built before the great fire of 1917, namely in 1903. It is located in the commercial heart of Thessaloniki, in Ladadika area, where the existence of other galleries and churches (St. Kirtsi, st. Saint Minas, Benassan Han etc.) help us deduce commercial use of the patio. It is an excellent example of eclectic architecture and one of the first western-style galleries of the city, which housed the commercial activities of the modernized Thessaloniki. The area as well as the gallery kept for quite a few years its purely commercial character, but over the years, and in particular after the 70s, the gallery began to decline. The building, of course, was declared preservable in 1983 and thus underwent the service of newer monuments. The building is particularly worth mentioning, not only for its typological and morphological features but also for the constructional techniques that we imprinted and are provide us with knowledge on the construction techiques of the era. The patio doesn;t maintain its original form, and in particular we can distinguish four phases\periods in which significant changes have taken place. 1. 1903-1917 2. 1917-1928 3. 1928 - 1973 4. 1973 - today



Typology characteristics

vertical communication


The Foroglou gallery is likely to have been built as a mansion in its original form. Later, it was used as a storehouse store. However, the access to the gallery and the fitting out of the shops are reminiscent of the European passage, where the transition from the public road to the private shops becomes more mild and indirect. It is a two-story building, with a basement, ground floor, high floor and elevated translucent roof. It belongs to the category “Patio-Building�, which was built with the use of the shopping gallery. Typically, this is an elongated arc, which is symmetrical with respect to the longitudinal axis. The central patio in the middle of the floor allows the floor to be visually connected to the ground floor, while the glass roof helps the two levels integrate through the continuous lighting. Around the central patio, the grid is defined by the static carrier partitions the floor, shaping the individual shops. 84

The ground floor, hosts shops, on both sides of the gallery, which may have been opened on the street. The floor accommodates commercial / office space along the corridor as well as two additional shops on the two main facades. Vertical communication between floors is achieved (in the original form of the gallery) via a ladder, which takes the “place� of a store. Another remarkable typological element is the metal skeleton of the roof, which is covered by a glass surface, that allows the lighting of the communal space. Similar to this, the handling of the skylight of the ladder, which was also metallic. The roof is a clear influence from the patterns that prevailed in Europe during the time when the Fortress of Foroglou was built.

symmetry axes 85


The foundations of the building are perimetrically shaped with stonework, made of rough stones, 0,70 m wide in the basement. Below the basement level, the width of the masonry grows to a depth of about one meter. We suspect that the perimetrical masonry is interrupted by a zone of solid brickwork, which acts as a sleeper of the wall of the basement. In order to cope with the rising soil moisture and also to serve the ventilation and lighting of the basement, cours anglaises have been opened on both sides of the building. Today, cours anglaises are closed with cement, resulting in the atmosphere in the basement being suffocating, with strong humidity.


Floors imprinting

The floor materials used in the patio were two. The first one was square-shaped cement slab, which is used in common areas, for example the gallery and the atrium floor. They are characterized by geometric decoration, and there are “edging” tiles to enhance the aesthetic effect of the floor. The second material is wood, which is used in the shops. The wooden floor is nailed. Subsequent interventions in the building with the change of staircase led to the presence of a concrete slab on the floor that did not exist initially in the building. The different needs that occurred on the ground floor of today’s shops led to the removal of the original wooden floors and the laying of tiles.


masonry structure 1 (interior walls)

masonry structure 2 (exterior walls)

masonry structure 3 (exterior walls)


Construction detail of floor structure


Construction structure

The Foroglou gallery is characterized by a mixed construction system. It is a mixed construction consisting of brick and metall beams. The lateral walls are bearing, with the basement being stone, 0.70 m thick, and the ground and the floor being made of solid bricks, totally 0.40 m thick. Between the two bearing walls there are six piles, which are made of solid bricks. The horizontal bearing body consists of metal beams connecting the pillars. The ceilings are bridged by metal buzzers, on which are made gilded structures made of solid bricks. However, one can easily recognize subsequent interventions in the building that detract from its static equilibrium. The change of position of the central stairway is evidenced by the two reinforced concrete slabs found in the building and are inconsistent with its construction methods. Moreover, the addition of metal construction (columns and beams) is observed at the level of the basement, in order to strengthen the static structure of the building.


Construction details

axonometric construction detail

floor construction detail D1

floor construction detail D2

floor construction detail D3

floor construction detail D4 91

Axonometric visualisation of the roof



Section of the roof



Decoration details _ construction

rail view

Atrium balcony rail


exterior shelter

wooden exterior blinds 97

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