The FAMAR Pharmaceutical & Cosmetics plant is located in Avlona, on the Athens-Thessaloniki National Road, 48km north of Athens. The 70000m2 site was acquired from Pfizer in 1993. On this site had already been built an office building, a pharmaceutical plant, two warehouses, an energy building and a feed supplement unit. All these buildings were designed at various periods by our firm.

Subsequently, over the past two decades, a number of extensions and additions additions of new buildings were designed and built as well as conversions of existing facilities to state-of-the-art production areas. They include a cosmetics manufacturing facility, manufacturing areas for penicillin, cephalosporin, oral and injectable forms and for health & beauty products. Also a packaging unit, warehouses, administration facilities, an employee restaurant and a waste treatment plant. The total surface area of all buildings is 31150m2.

Functional constraints demanded buildings of various sizes, shapes and heights. They were, furthermore, built over a very long time span and necessarily with different construction methods and budgets. With each new addition, the challenge was to ensure that the basic design concept was adhered to and that the volumetric expansions fitted into the overall composition, adding, wherever feasible, architectural value to the already existing buildings.

The bright blue metal panels of the warehouses, the silk-grey colour of the packaging and manufacturing buildings and the yellow windows, louvers and other metal elements, blend with the green foliage of the landscaped external areas, to form a unified colour scheme.

A critical factor throughout the several design phases was that the site runs parallel with the Athens-Thessaloniki National Road, thus giving great exposure to the buildings and their architecture. This acquires added significance because of its promotion value for the Owners. Another major factor influencing design decisions on form, colour and, very particularly, on the size and spacing of lettering in external signage, was the element of speed, considering that the buildings of the complex are primarily viewed in motion and usually at great pace.

Project completed 1997 - 2005
Design team
Architects Sgoutas Architects
Structural Engineers E.Antonoulas & A.Alexopoulos
MEP Consultants Tekem Ltd.