Syggrou Office Complex

2019 - 2023

Our first project in Athens is a landmark scheme with stunning views to the Acropolis, on a prominent site on a major thoroughfare linking the city centre and the seafront. Designed by Bennetts Associates and Divercity Architects for Greek developer Dimand, the Syggrou Office Complex consolidates a new commercial and cultural destination together with neighbouring Hellenic General Insurance HQ and the Onassis Stegi cultural centre.

Building A achieved LEED Platinum, exceeding its original target of LEED gold. The plan arrangement maximises its orientation, by placing cores and other dark areas along the South and West facades. The result is a predominantly solid elevation that reduces solar gain, overheating and mediates the need for cooling. The facades facing the public realm, provide a 60/40 ratio of solid to glazed, with vertical louvres running along the entire elevations to provide shading while distributing natural light and views out.

Image by Nikos Daniilidis / Dimand

The modern interpretation of classical references and the use of local materials aims to give the ensemble a characteristically "Athenian" identity. Two eight-storey buildings are lined with vertical marble fins, carefully angled to provide shade, capture the unique light of Athens and frame views of the city, mountains and Acropolis. The dramatic roofline inflexion on the front building creates a distinctive identity and leads the gaze from Syggrou to the main entrance on Lagoumitzi. 

At street level, a colonnade or ‘stoa’ follows the same orientation, to create a shaded and embracing approach to the main entrance. This entrance shared by both buildings is marked by a 'peristyle' ensuring views of the new garden that references to traditional Greek courtyards and creates social/meeting space for staff away from the desk.


Image by Yiorgis Yerolymbos

Project Information

  • Client
  • Dimand
  • Architects
  • Bennetts Associates and Divercity Architects
  • Structural Engineer
  • Pagonis- Polychronopoulos- Kinatos
  • Services Engineer
  • Insta Consulting Engineers
  • Lighting Designer
  • Lighting Architecture Studio
  • Landscape Designer
  • H. Pangalou & Associates
  • Fire Protection and Consultant
  • B & T Pyrgiotis Technical Office and Roussas Theofanis
  • Acoustics Consultant
  • H.Moraitis & G. Chatzigeorgiou
  • LEED Consultant
  • D-Carbon
  • Traffic Engineering Consultant
  • Dromos Consulting