Paris-based Greek-French architect and founder of Stene Alexopoulos Studio, Elena Alexopoulos, designed Plaka -a premium Greek deli in Paris- drawing inspiration from Athens’ neoclassical buildings of the 1950s.
Avoiding the cliché aesthetics commonly used in most Greek delis abroad, the architect decided to create a concept that brings to mind the Athens of today. Borrowing elements from her grandmas’ apartment in Plaka as the main reference, the architect chose to use terrazzo on the floor complemented by raw materials such as wood, marble, metal, and glass. The service counter, being the heart of the space, is accented with a remarkable green marble, which was sourced from Tinos island. To highlight Plaka’s freshly-prepared food, a transparent glass wall was placed behind the counter to draw the customer’s eye to the process of making Greek, authentic tastes with a twist.