Atrina Center, Athens – Architect Ioannis Vikelas
One of the landmarks of Athens, this building is designed by the same architect that designed the Athens Towers, of which I have already posted two shots: A Path tothe Sky I – The Tower and A Path to the Sky II – The Sky Beyond, both awarded with Honorable Mention at the IPA 2012, and just like the towers, this building is a high-rise structure, very slim and elegant, highly suited for dynamic compositions taken from very near to the building, as this shot, as well as from further away. And of course for long exposure shots, even if this shot isn’t one. I also have the long exposure version, that I will post soon, but I loved this cloud resting just above the building, it seemed almost mystical to me, especially that it came out of nowhere, on a hot summer day, with a perfectly clear blue sky.
All the clouds I had that day came and went in a matter of half an hour or less. Just the time for me to take a few shots and leave. Happily, I had the tripod and everything with me, so I didn’t miss the occasion. Bears mentioning that the security people of this building were extremely nice and even wanted to help me with the shooting.
So, closing the parenthesis and back to the building. It is comprised of three prismatic volumes of different heights, the highest rising at about 80m, creating a very interesting structure that overlooks the area and can be seen from afar. It has a metallic structure, combined with concrete elements and wrapped into a tinted dark glass and metal façade, that can give either very interesting reflections, or a rich matte dark blue hue, depending on the position of the camera.
More buildings and interesting details coming soon, also a complete map with the locations and a list of hotel recommendations.
And don’t forget, we’re going to shoot the sea too, you can’t come to Athens and not see the sea, of course, and I’m going to show you very soon where we are going.