words Johanna AgermanBirdsong and a forest of plants greet you as you enter the Aktipis flower shop in Patras, Greece. Athens-based architect Point Supreme has brought the florist back to basics with its first project on home turf.
"We were looking forward to working on something real and the scale of the flower shop allowed us to do it fast," says Marianna Rentzou of Point. Before setting up the practice Rentzou and Konstantinos Pantazis spent years working with big architecture offices all over the world such as Rem Koolhaas' OMA, MVRDV in Rotterdam and Jun Aoki in Tokyo.
Point Supreme had three months to design and oversee the construction of the flower shop and its principal aims were simplicity and flexibility. The main feature is the array of 14 display tables in varying heights and sizes covered in white, square tiles. The tables can be endlessly rearranged to fit the current display of flowers and greenery.
The walls are covered in a blurry nature print designed by Point Supreme and printed in a town in northern Greece. "They were sending samples to Patras by bus for us to check the quality of the print," says Rentzou.
To connect the shop to the urban landscape outside, Point Supreme set the shop window back from the street in order to leave enough room for a bench to be used by the public. Naturally, it's covered in white tiles.
top image It took Point Supreme three months to design and finish the flower shop.
image The door to the flower shop is an old abandoned steel door that the practice found and decided to incorporate into the design.