March 13 2014

Exploring the City: Palais Ermeion in Thessaloniki, Greece

At Venizeloy Street 23, between Ermou and Egnatia Street, one can find Palais Ermeion. This edifice, which demonstrates the glory of eclectic architecture, was built in the 1920s and designed by the architects S. Milonas and A. Georgakopoulos.

Palais Ermeion - view from the street, in Thessaloniki, Greece

The most impressive part of the building is the arresting gate that leads to a lodge, named the Stoa Ermeion. Thanks to reinforced concrete, which began being used during that period of time, the architects managed to design facades almost totally covered in glass, and therefore interior spaces full of light and with great views. Two more remarkable characteristics of Palais Ermeion are the beautifully adorned ceilings and the large atriums in the centre of every floor.

View from Palais Ermeion

For many years the building operated for commercial use, whereas today many of the apartments, unfortunately, are unoccupied. 

Large atriums in interior of Palais Ermeion, Thessaloniki, Greece

Large atriums in interior of Palais Ermeion, Thessaloniki, Greece

Large atriums in interior of Palais Ermeion, Thessaloniki, Greece

Is there a building of similar architectural style in the area you live which is unoccupied? Would you say that this is a common occurrence?

The original article, published in Greek, can be found here.

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Dafni Dimitriadi

Dafni Dimitriadi is a student of Architecture at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. Her numerous experiences in participating in architectural competitions have helped her understand the importance of research and design. She is interested in building and urban design restoration and aims to continue her studies in order to gain more knowledge related to these fields. She is an active volunteer and has participated in many interesting projects, including Open House Thessaloniki. She currently lives in Thessaloniki and through her blogs aims to explore developments associated with architecture and urban design.

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