DESIGN IS THE SOUL OF THE CITY | Greece Is [12/2015]
Although architecture firms were among the first creative businesses to experience the direct consequences of the economic recession – particularly in a comparatively small market such as Thessaloniki – things actually turned out quite different for Urban Soul Project.
Established as a strictly personal venture by an inspired duo in 2009, the team now numbers 12 (architects, engineers, designers), along with a further four colleagues strategically located in Athens, London, Corfu and Santorini. This particular team sees Thessaloniki simply as a base, and its projects address an international audience.
In addition to various projects that have left the firm’s distinctive designs in numerous towns, cities and islands of Greece (homes, restaurants, hotels, exhibition spaces in collaboration with museums and more recently, object design), the team has designed and developed the ERGON delis and restaurants – another success story of creative Thessaloniki – in London, Brussels and Miami. Now the firm’s portfolio is set to expand with the addition of a wine bar in Zurich, a restaurant in Amsterdam and two apartments in London.