Design & Build

INTERVIEW: Konstantinos Mitsatsos

Tell us a few words about your company
With a 25-plus-year trajectory in the sector of communication, design and specialized construction, setting up GECO was just the next logical step for us. Our main goal is the delivery of exclusively designed and well-engineered projects that offer dream residences and experiences.

How do you ensure, as a company, harmony between aesthetics and functionality?
We glorify high-end aesthetics in everything we do! Yet, we strongly oppose anything that is all about aesthetics but lacks functionality. We set about designing on a purely functional basis and we do not consider addressing the aesthetic attributes of the project until immediately afterwards. This may sound straightforward and simple indeed, but, believe me, it isn’t…!

In a period that climatic change influences the buying habits of many people, how do you make sure that your products are friendly to the environment?
We relocated permanently to Paros 11 years ago with a view to offering our son a more natural environment to grow up in. We’re smitten with the island and aim at sustaining its natural wealth with our every endeavour – personal or corporate. As a result, all of us at GECO apply the latest green building standards and certification schemes, and more.

What are the reasons that contribute to the building development on the island?
Paros is magic, it’s an infatuation! To put it simply: outstanding beaches, safe and clean surroundings, a natural feel, kite & windsurfing, accessibility, an efficient road network, smiles, clubbing, shopping, and great food! What’s not to like?

What factors does a project’s success depend on?
We at GECO believe that success is based on the meticulous and methodical management of the construction as a whole, from commission to delivery. It all starts with a carefully thought-out – all-inclusive – proposal.

Should I buy or build? – what are the pros and cons?
GECO recommends constructing from scratch as, to put it simply, the structure will be erected in the desired geographical location, while it will be tailored to suit the full set of the owner’s needs and design requirements.

What is the importance of bioclimatic architecture in the Cyclades?
First of all, let me emphasize that all of us at GECO are environmentally aware, being parents who want to hand over to our children the environment as we found it, if not better! Thus, we feel that all new structures should have the smallest possible energy and environmental footprint and display the best practice of well-studied bioclimatic design strategies. The downside is that these are more expensive solutions as they are not – yet – promoted through due financial support by the state.

Functionality or aesthetics?
For GECO, they are two inextricably linked approaches. If there is no functionality, we start the whole design process from the beginning. If there is no aesthetics, then it’s not our project…!

What is the secret to your success?
GECO TEAM is synonymous with a positive spirit! We are passionate about positivity and teamwork. From feasibility study to design to construction completion, the GECO team is evolved and evolving. GECO’s projects exude positivity and stand out.

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