“Romantso” magazine still plays an important role in the Greek-post-war magazine history. It was initially launched on the 17th of November 1934, with novel-length stories in each issue, based on the American pulp magazines’ structure. This is where the term “romantso” derived from, it translates to “novel”.
The boom of “Romantso’s” circulation took place in 1956, when its price dropped from six drachmas to three, selling more than 300,000 issues per week, figures unapproachable for a weekly Greek magazine, even nowadays. “Romantso” reached Greek people all over the world and carried along all the characteristics and the lifestyle of the first post-war, middle class generation. Though when later it was transformed from a popular, mass magazine to a lifestyle one, its circulation dropped dramatically leading to the magazine’s shut-down.
Today, Romantso’s building has been restored in collaboration with “someOFnine” architectural office, aiming to remove all additional elements that were added during the numerous years of its use and trying to approach the building’s original architectural form. The marble staircase was restored, the open-air back part of the building is being transformed into an urban garden and the skylights that run the entire building are now its bright trade mark.
“someOFnine” architectural office (someofnine.com)
Some of nine is a group of young architects active in the fields of architecture, landscape design, interior and graphic design. With offices in Athens, Greece and Mondovi, Italy the group aspires to multidisciplinary collaborations and to the formation of an active network of young and creative professionals.