‘Simplicity in architecture and design’: that’s the motto of John Pawson, and he delivers on it. He is known for his minimalist aesthetic and his portfolio is brimming with clean, slender lines with pristine white the colour of choice. But this does not entail a lack of diversity: his Paros houses are endlessly inventive, while still being fitting additions to the parched Grecian landscape. The firm has completed projects from Okinawa to Montauk in the US. Each design is carried through with the same meticulous sense of space and light. The firm’s Armonia Apartments in Athens exhibit a strong sense of place, with the apartments intimately related to their environment. One would be hard-pushed to imagine them anywhere but on the Athenian coastline.