The architectural design of the Prodea offices, a 3500 sqm building, had three main goals: to intervene in a pre-war building with a listed façade while maintaining its significant decorative features, to convert it in order to meet the highest standards of modern office spaces and to meet the design specifications of LEED and WELL, two of the most prominent international design standards for buildings. The building will in fact be the first in Greece to meet the WELL standards for office buildings. The LEED certification deals with the sustainability of buildings and their ability to meet the demands of the ongoing climate change. More specifically, it addresses indoor air quality, thermal comfort, natural lighting, reduced energy consumption and the associated costs, reducing the environmental footprint through the rational use of resources and materials, as well as water saving. The WELL certification focuses on well-being and the improvement of health and everyday living of building occupants, by achieving high levels of soundproofing, improved ergonomics, reduced odors, monitoring air quality and implementing specific design standards. Crucial in that direction is the incorporation of design elements inspired by nature and biophilia, the extended use of new technologies that allow the automation of lighting, ventilation, safety and other features, controlling and helping meet the necessary design specifications. It is located in the historical center of Athens, at the heart of the commercial center, on Chrysospiliotissis st.. It is a through building towards Miltiadou st. and comprises a basement, ground floor, mezzanine, two typical floors, two setback floors, a terrace and a rooftop overlooking the Acropolis. The operating structure of the company requires working in groups, teamwork and open space layouts, as well as confined management offices, small meeting rooms, a spacious boardroom and a large multi-functional space. In terms of layout, the reception, lounge and multi-functional space are located on the ground floor, while the mezzanine accommodates the central boardroom, which features polarized glass panels allowing views to the ground floor spaces below. The interior of the building was modified to achieve an integrated rather than segmented operation, highlighting at the same time its distinctive features, such as the marble staircase with the handrail, the old elevator with the wooden booth and the plaster decorations of the ceilings. The first two floors accommodate open-plan and confined offices, while the management offices are located on the third floor and the breakout space with its external space are located on the fourth. An organic model of cluster desks has been implemented in the open-plan office spaces, which has a circular form and wave finishing, coated with sound-proofing fabric.
The artwork in the spaces is a statement for the relationship between PRODEA and the Contemporary Greek Art and artists, which in certain cases were commissioned to create art especially for the company. This allows for the artwork to be integrated into the architectural design, rather than constitute a post hoc addition. Overall, the design approach is defined by a balance between contemporary and timeless features in the arrangement, layout, materials, innovative technology applications, creating an environment both aesthetically exceptional and technologically advanced.
Based in Thessaloniki, Athens and London, Urban Soul Project is one of the biggest architectural practices in Greece. USP is a multi-awarded architecture firm and design studio offering services ranging from architecture, interior design, planning applications and municipal approvals for hospitality, offices, commercial and residential projects in Greece and abroad. With a wide spectrum of more than 40 skilled professionals, USP is an experienced firm in complex planning permissions that has handled numerous renowned projects, especially in listed buildings around Greece. Τhe firm was awarded with both the German Design Award and the A' Design Silver Award, was the winner for a private residence in London for the International Hotel and Property Awards, and was an honoree at the Best of the Year Interior Design Magazine Awards in New York City. In 2019 the firm won the BIGSEE award for the Interior Design 2019 and the 100% HOTEL DESIGN AWARD "Best City Style Hotel".