Babis Ioannou and Tasos Sotiropoulos start their cooperation in 1977 by undertaking complex building projects in Saudi Arabia, as well as the construction of flats and houses in Greece. In 1982 Alexander Van Gilder joins the team and they establish ISV Architects. Today, ISV employs 40 people including architects, engineers, designers and industrial designers and has expanded its activity in the acquisition of land, urban development, construction and sales of residential and business premises.
The basic architectural philosophy of ISV is the best living conditions for the habitant, whether a residential, a commercial or a retail space. The architectural space is therefore structured around these activities in order to offer the user not only a utilitarian value, but also a sense of pleasure and an enhancement of the quality of life.Contributing elements are the appropriate use of light, a stimulation force that attracts all human beings, the geometry of spaces, a key factor to any proper architectural composition and the corresponding position of the furniture as an extension of hyman activities. The importance of the courtyard, an integral part of the Greek house, the fusion of the exterior with the interior through large glass surfaces, offering plenty of light, make an area friendly and functional.
The anthropocentric approach, the innovative design and pioneering construction techniques, the use of fundamental principles of the modern movement, and the respect of the Greek region, outline the main axis architectural philosophy of ISV. The work of ISV is characterized by constant experimentation with materials, new technologies, innovative forms and the creation of solutions tailored to he needs and desires of the user, as well as to their aesthetic pursuits.
ISV London incorporates the expertise and premium knowledge in design and construction that was proved to have gained through years of practice and involvement in projects of different scales and typologies such as residential, offices, hotels, commercial and public-space projects. Working closely with clients, the practice responds to their deeper practical needs and aesthetic aspirations, creating individualized human spaces that are original and inspiring. London branch provides several scenarios of services to clients, such as assistance in finding property opportunities in current market, providing architectural study, construction cost analysis, liaison with local consultants for all required permissions, project and construction management and even re-sale of the property. Each of the services can be part of a personalized package adjusted to each client individually according to each case’s requirements.