The architectural office Oktana was established in 2017 by the architect Yiannis Kitanis. Based in Athens, the office has designed houses, education facilities, cultural foundations, art installations and settings for the theater, while also taking part in international architecture competitions.
Oktana is the name of the utopian city in the homonymous book by Andreas Embirikos. This name reflects the vision of the office for an architectural utopia which will have the values described in the poem. The office studies how utopia can be implemented in the structured environment and people’s routine through architecture. Basic element of the working method of the office is the obsession with a constant internal search.
The logo was inspired from 15th-century designs of utopian cities. The first researchers of utopia tried to express their ideas in architecture. The common attribute of the designs, in most cases, is the concentric circles, on top of which the city’s infrastructures are constructed with the openings convening at the center.