“Ziller-Loverdos” Residence, Athens, Greece

Directorate of Protection and Restoration of Modern and Contemporary Monuments - Ministry of Culture (Labour agreement) / ALPHA BANK Corporate Social Responsibility Division (Sponsorship for the Detailed Study - inclusion in NSRF)

Longitudinal section of the building complex (Proposal)

Neo-Byzantine wood carved staircase by A. Zachos and A. Chatzimichalis (source: F. Halvantzi in the framework of the Design of the DPRMCM of the Ministry of Culture published in “Kathimerini” newspaper 13/7/2011 “When Neoclassicism meets Neo-Byzantinism”

Fireplace with wood-carved lining and ceramic tiles from Kütahya in the “Skyrian living room” (source: DPRMCM of the Ministry of Culture)

Facade on Akadimias Street, designed by A. Zachos (source: Photo Archive of P. Mylonas, Benaki Museum)

Facade on Mavromichalis Street (source: “Culture” magazine 29/11/2008, “Ziller-Loverdos Mansion”)

Facade on Mavromichalis Street (Proposal)

2007-2011

Monument Architectural and Restoration Survey

 

 

WORKING GROUP

Ifigenia Dimitriou (Architect Engineer), Fotini Chalvantzi (Architect Engineer), Nikolaos Charkiolakis (Architect Engineer), Konstantinos Toubakaris (Civil Engineer), Savvas Triantafyllou (Civil Engineer), Maria Mageirou (Mechanical Engineer)

 

The Ziller-Loverdos Residence is one of the most significant neoclassical buildings at the centre of Athens designed and executed by the distinguished German architect Ernst Ziller; it preserves all elements of its initial form despite subsequent extensive interventions and extensions. The interventions made by its second owner, the prominent banker Dionysios Loverdos, added neobyzantine elements designed by the Greek architect Aristoteles Zachos and folklorist Angeliki Chadjimichali. 

 

The Conservation and Restoration of the listed building was considered imperative due to its prominent importance, as it is of unique architectural interest, not only because it was designed and executed personally by perhaps the most important architect of mature Neoclassicism, but also because its construction witnessed, overall and in its individual construction phases, the conflict and coexistence of two different historical architectural trends of the 19th and 20th centuries represented by both famous architects and artists as well as by intellectuals of modern Greece.

 

The Study proposes the Restoration of the Ziller-Loverdos Residence, with a view to increasing its stability and reinstating it as a monument worth visiting, as well as an annex of the Byzantine and Christian Museum.