An Art Gallery-Style Flower Shop in Patras, Greece by

Issue 20 · Greek Isles · May 21, 2014

An Art Gallery-Style Flower Shop in Patras, Greece

Issue 20 · Greek Isles · May 21, 2014

When Athens-based Point Supreme Architects were designing Aktipis, a tiny flower shop in Patras, they started with a clean slate, then built the space into a jungle-like menagerie of botanicals and beckoning bird sounds.

Aktipis' white floors meet walls wallpapered in shadowy jungle canopy graphics, and dotted with images of birds taken from old Greek encyclopedias. Point Supreme Architects' Konstantinos Pantazis, Marianna Rentzou, and Giorgos Pantazis, along with Aktipis' owner, drew from a collective understanding that the bold colors and shapes of each flower required the support of a minimal display. With 14 white tile-covered tables at varying heights, the potted plants and flowers are shown off as if in an art gallery. The use of outdoor white tile, bird sounds in overhead speakers, and garden seating further obscure the boundaries between indoors and out.

Photography by Yannis Drakoulidis for Point Supreme Architects.

Above: Opaque globe lights cascade from the forest canopy.

Above: A selection of indoor potted plants: Nephrolepsis exaltata ferns, pink azaleas, phalaenopsis orchids, and Ficus elastica. At Aktipis, the tiled tables serve as pedestals.

Above: Yellow chrysanthemums stand front and center on a low display table.

Above: Aktipis' exterior features large open windows and a salvaged steel door with an abstract floral design.

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