Hello. My name is Lefteris Kapsalas, I’m an architect from Thessaloniki, Greece and recently, I moved to Edinburgh. I love art & design and strive to learn more and continue to grow as a designer. This is a collection of my work over the last few years. Enjoy!
This project seeks to highlight the old ruins of saint Achillio’s church and design a new structure which will allow visitors to observe the old ruins from different perspectives as well as the surrounding natural environment. The main challenge for this project was how to interpret the old church’s layout into a new contemporary structure.
The significant elements of design of the old church are: a) the initial 11mx11m layout of the church’s plan, b) the main 1m width stone walls which formed the walking path for the new structure, c) and the original sacred area of the church which remained intact.
The features of modern times (social media, high paced life, information bombardment) were a key factor designing the new building. Therefore, the chaotic new structure with the narrow corridors seek to express the modern time way of living.
Considering the nature’s law of survival led to designing a dominant new form over the church’s ruins as a need to express the surrounding natural environment.
The project consists of 3 main sectors: a) the old church’s restoration with the information box and the new walking path over the church, b) the outdoor theater for the annual festival and c) the rest of the facilities (administration office, Coffee shop, events hall and W.C.) which were designed as underground structure in order to preserve natural environment.
This project refers to the need of demolishing an area of old refuge’s houses and constructing a new housing block. The designing group reckoned that the notion of the refuge’s houses gradually forming a city’s area is vital to become the main principle of the project.
For that reason, two elements were desinged. The first element, the concrete stripes which form and divide the space in certain parts and the second element, the metallic boxes that fills the space.
The composition consists of : Houses, shops, offices and a local museum.
The inability of construction in the Greece of today is the main factor that influences the architectural concept and the design solution of that project. A logical and attainable solution to this problem involves the usage of the industrial building heritage of the country , as many Greek cities register a wealth of abandonded large scale buildings.
The concept of the “parasite” is more suitable for the condition of the warehouses and we “translate” that concept by creating “emergency homes”, the parasites.
The parasites consist of a grid, which is able to be “transformed” into a house and creates a cocoon that protects the person who parasites. Our solution ensures a living room space, a sleeping space, a cooking area, WC and a storage area. The “parasite” could house 1 person , giving them the chance to build their emergency house all alone.
The objective of this project was to develop a housing design proposal by taking into consideration the damaged elements of the existing house and creating a new structure in harmony with the old one.
The building accomodates homeless people and offers them working spaces where they can make their living by crafting and selling things.
The building consists of : bedrooms, working spaces, shop kitchen and bathrooms.
5(pf4) Beaverhall Road
Edinburgh, EH7 4JQ
Email: [email protected]
2006 - 2014
5 year Diploma Degree (Bachelor & Master)
Dpt Architectural Engineering,
Democritus University of Thrace (DUTH), Xanthi GR
INTERIOR DESIGN PROJECT AS A FREELANCE, APARTMENT | ATHENS, GREECE
● Determine the client’s goals and requirements of the project.
● Developing initial ideas and sketching preliminary design plans.
● Considering materials and costs according to a set low budget.
● Prepare final plans, using computer applications.
● Supervising work on site.
SEP 2014 – APR 2015
ASSISTANT ARCHITECT - DIMITRIS SALTAMANIKAS | ATHENS, GREECE
● Creating building designs and highly detailed drawings both by hand and by using specialist computer-aided design applications.
● Required to learn new skills very quickly and on site.
● Built physical models.
● Manage and execute design assignments in a timely manner.
● Participate in team meetings to coordinate design options and ideas.
MAY - OCT 2013
ARCHITECTURAL INTERN - GIWRGOS PAPADOPOULOS | XANTHI, GREECE
● Work in a team of four on a residential building project.
● Supported and assisted lead architect in all phases of a major.
● Working closely with other professionals like surveyors and civil engineers.
● Drafting of building designs using AutoCAD, SketchUp, and Photoshop.
● Built physical models.
● Helping to prepare company tender applications.
CUSTOMER SERVICE / HOSPITALITY WHILE STUDING
● Ability to work in a team.
● The motivation to learn new knowledge and skills.
● An analytical mind with excellent problem-solving ability.
● Excellent ability to make and analyze comprehensive architectural designs.
● Good at meeting deadlines.
● Ability to keep cool under pressure.
● High levels of creativity, imagination and vision.
● Having the ability to think and create in three dimensions.
2-YEAR VOLUNTEERING AT RED CROSS |
FIRST AID TRAINED