Athens-based Kostantinos Labrinopoulos originally founded KLMF architects with fellow-architect Miltos Farmakis, before deciding to go on and set up his own practice in 2007 – k-lab, or Kinetic Lab of Architecture – taking up from where KLMF left off. Labrinopoulos graduated from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) and the SCI-Arc Southern California Institute of Architecture Los Angeles, with a special interest in residential architecture and the ways in which people inhabit architecture in general.
The architect likes to experiment with materials and shapes, playing between the light and ephemeral and the monumental. Apart from the work of modernist masters like Carlo Scarpa and Louis Kahn, he admits to getting inspiration from everywhere, although the final proposal depends a lot on the site’s surroundings. ‘We want to borrow qualities of the surrounding space and to express them through our work," says Labrinopoulos, "sometimes we need to be humble and other times to try and stand out.”. The practice’s featured project, a proposed holiday house on a magnificent site on the Greek island of Tzia, showcases a strong relationship with their surrounding environment, bringing its best qualities into the interior.