Refugee apartment blocks
Alexandras Ave, Athens, 1933-1935
Kimon Laskaris (1905-1979)
Dimitrios Kyriakos (1881-1971)
The refugee housing on Alexandras Ave is a typical
application of the principles of the Central European Modern Movement.
These blocks were built as part of the 1930s programme to provide housing
in Athens for the refugees from Asia Minor.
The complex consists of eight oblong buildings with a ground floor and
two upper floors. Each building is divided into four or five units with
a central staircase and two pairs of apartments per floor. The standardised
apartments include one or two bedrooms, a kitchen and bathroom. The
complex has a total of 228 apartments.
The buildings are of structural plastered stone masonry and slabs of
The spare volumes of the buildings are positioned in rows parallel to
Alexandras Ave. The stylistic code of the Bauhaus was applied to their
simple, standardised façades.