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The Wedge House / Schema Architecture & Engineering

05:00 - 23 June, 2017
© Nikos Alexopoulos
© Nikos Alexopoulos

© Nikos Alexopoulos © Nikos Alexopoulos © Nikos Alexopoulos © Nikos Alexopoulos +36

15 Rarely Seen Details Of The Parthenon

06:00 - 5 June, 2017
15 Rarely Seen Details Of The Parthenon, Metopes. Corner of the western frieze of the Parthenon. Image © Wikipedia User: Thermos. Licensed Under CC BY-SA 2.5
Metopes. Corner of the western frieze of the Parthenon. Image © Wikipedia User: Thermos. Licensed Under CC BY-SA 2.5

The Parthenon, unquestionably the most iconic of the Ancient Greeks' Doric temples, was built between 447 and 432 BC. Located on the Acropolis in Athens, for many architects, it is one of the first buildings we analyzed when beginning our studies. Designed by Ictino and Calícrates, it displays a unique repertoire of architectural elements that can be fully appreciated individually, or for the role they play in forming a complete and magnificent whole.

Simply described, the 69.5 x 30.9-meter building is erected on a stylobate of three steps, with a gabled roof raised upon a post and lintel structure formed by Doric columns—17 on its sides and 8 on each end—which support an entablature composed of an architrave, a frieze, and a cornice. On each gable were triangular pediments with sculptures that represent the "Birth of Athena" on the East and the "Contest Between Athena and Poseidon" on the West.

Take a look at some of these elements in detail, through this set of high-resolution images.

Chapiteau. Image © Wikipedia User: Codex. Licensed Under CC BY-SA 3.0 Sculptured Horse Head. Eastern Pediment. Image © Wikipedia User: Guillaume Piolle. Licensed Under CC BY-SA 3.0 Eastern pediment. Image © Wikipedia User: Dimitris Kamaras. Licensed Under CC BY-SA 2.0 Ionic Frieze behind the Outer Peristyle. Image © Wikipedia User: Marcus Cyron. Licensed Under CC BY-SA 2.0 +15

Topio7’s Revitalisation of Former Cemetery Merges Urban Park and City in Athens

12:00 - 22 April, 2017
Topio7’s Revitalisation of Former Cemetery Merges Urban Park and City in Athens, Courtesy of Topio7 Architects
Courtesy of Topio7 Architects

A competition for the transformation of a former cemetery in Nikea, just west of central Athens, has been won by Greek firm Topio7, with a proposal that creates a revitalized public park as a result of “a mutual osmosis between the park and the city”. A number of green buffer zones – “the elastic limit” – are utilized to frame a procession-like journey from the bustle of the city to the calm of the park’s landscape.

Highlighting the importance of the site’s previous use, the architects explain that the “main objective of the project is the creation of an open, accessible public space, a contemporary urban park with ecological-bioclimatic character, with special emphasis on the social dimension and the site’s memory.”

Courtesy of Topio7 Architects Courtesy of Topio7 Architects Courtesy of Topio7 Architects Courtesy of Topio7 Architects +14

POLYTOPO / Z-level

09:00 - 12 March, 2017
POLYTOPO / Z-level, © Charalabos Louizidis
© Charalabos Louizidis

© Charalabos Louizidis © Charalabos Louizidis © Charalabos Louizidis © Charalabos Louizidis +18

  • Architects

  • Location

    Athens, Greece
  • Architect in Charge

    Elena Zervoudakis
  • Area

    60.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

AD Classics: Acropolis of Athens / Ictinus, Callicrates, Mnesikles and Phidias

04:00 - 22 February, 2017
AD Classics: Acropolis of Athens / Ictinus, Callicrates, Mnesikles and Phidias, An elevation of the entire Acropolis as seen from the west; while the Parthenon dominates the scene, it is nonetheless only part of a greater composition. ImageCourtesy of Wikimedia user Quibik (Public Domain)
An elevation of the entire Acropolis as seen from the west; while the Parthenon dominates the scene, it is nonetheless only part of a greater composition. ImageCourtesy of Wikimedia user Quibik (Public Domain)

The Parthenon, perhaps the most celebrated example of Classical Greek architecture, was only the first of a series of remarkable buildings to be constructed atop the Athenian Acropolis in the wake of the Persian Wars. Led by the renowned statesman Pericles, the city-state embarked on an ambitious rebuilding program which replaced all that had been razed by the Persians. The new complex, while dedicated to the gods and the legends that surrounded the Acropolis, were as much a declaration of Athens’ glory as they were places of worship – monuments to a people who had risen from the ashes of a war to become the most powerful and prosperous state in the ancient world.

Although the western façade of the Propylaea has not survived the passage of time, its columns still stand guard at the entrance to the Acropolis. ImageCourtesy of Flickr user Thomas Hackl (licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0) Courtesy of Flickr user Aleksandr Zykov (licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0) Throngs make their way up the causeway to the Acropolis in this artistic imagining of the Panathenaic Procession.. ImageCourtesy of Yale University Press Courtesy of Wikimedia user Steinsplitterbot (Public Domain) +14

AD Classics: The Parthenon / Ictinus and Callicrates

04:00 - 25 January, 2017
AD Classics: The Parthenon / Ictinus and Callicrates, The Acropolis, the plateau on which the Parthenon stands, served as a fortified citadel in Athens’ Mycenaean past. ImageCourtesy of Flickr user Konstantinos Dafalias (licensed under CC BY 2.0)
The Acropolis, the plateau on which the Parthenon stands, served as a fortified citadel in Athens’ Mycenaean past. ImageCourtesy of Flickr user Konstantinos Dafalias (licensed under CC BY 2.0)

It is unsurprising that Athens, the city widely considered to be the cradle of Western civilization, would have made as celebrated a contribution to architecture as it has to countless other human pursuits. Built on a hilltop above the contemporary city, the weathered marble complex known as the Acropolis stands as a faded remnant from the former city-state’s ancient glory years, surrounded by the products of the centuries that followed. The greatest of these landmarks, the Parthenon, captures an age long past when Athens was the wealthiest and most powerful city-state in Greece and beyond.

Courtesy of Flickr user Kristof Verslype (licensed under CC BY 2.0) The west pediment of the reconstruction of the Parthenon in Nashville, Tennessee depicts Athena and Poseidon fighting for the rule of Attica while the other gods look on. ImageCourtesy of Flickr user damian entwistle (licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0) After almost 2,500 years, the Parthenon still stands tall above the city of Athens. ImageCourtesy of Flickr user Aris Gionis (licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0) The Parthenon’s columns, being narrower than typical Doric proportions dictated, served to reduce the bulk of the temple and make it appear more airy and graceful. ImageCourtesy of Wikimedia user Jebulon (licensed under CC0 1.0) +11

Call for Submissions: "Tomorrows" – Urban Fictions for Possible Futures

11:30 - 10 October, 2016
Call for Submissions: "Tomorrows" – Urban Fictions for Possible Futures, New City, Animated Skyline Series, Liam Young, 2015
New City, Animated Skyline Series, Liam Young, 2015

How will everyday life evolve in the cities of tomorrow? What kind of changes will smart systems, technologies of automation and constant connectivity bring? Which new economic models might emerge and what will the role of the particularities of different geographical areas be? How will the development of the future cities affect the environment and the natural resources of the planet?

Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre / Renzo Piano Building Workshop

03:00 - 4 July, 2016
Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre  / Renzo Piano Building Workshop , © Michel Denancé
© Michel Denancé

Courtesy of SNFCC. Courtesy of RPBW © Michel Denancé © Michel Denancé +22

Monocle 24 Report from the CityLab Summit

04:00 - 30 October, 2015
Monocle 24 Report from the CityLab Summit, River Thames, London. Image Courtesy of Monocle 24
River Thames, London. Image Courtesy of Monocle 24

For this edition of The UrbanistMonocle 24's weekly "guide to making better cities," the team report from the two-day CityLab summit, which "gathered the world’s top mayors and urban leaders for a series of chats on how to to make our cities a better place." They explore the vision for London’s transport infrastructure, discover how Rio de Janeiro is gearing up its digital strategy ahead of the 2016 Olympic Games, and find out how to create a smart city through data. On top of that, they chat to millennials in Washington and "sit down for a very honest chat with the mayor of Athens."

Modernism Memorial: A Funerary Monument for the Death of Modernism

16:00 - 26 September, 2015
Courtesy of Archstudies.gr
Courtesy of Archstudies.gr

Archstudies.gr and DeCorbuziers, in partnership with the School of Architecture of the National Technical University of Athens, have announced their international student competition to design a conceptual funerary monument for the death of Modernism.

With this year marking the 50th anniversary of Le Corbusier’s death, the team of organizations is seeking “contemporary interpretations concerning multidisciplinary approaches over Modernism and specifically over Le Corbusier’s work, while [exploring] possible themes and directions of the memorial representation” in present day. Designs should emphasize commentary, rather than a tribute to Le Corbusier.

Nadja Apartment / Point Supreme

22:00 - 5 August, 2015
Nadja Apartment / Point Supreme, © Yannis Drakoulidis
© Yannis Drakoulidis

© Yannis Drakoulidis Courtesy of Point Supreme © Yannis Drakoulidis © Yannis Drakoulidis +23

Hotel Indigo / Surber Barber Choate + Hertlein Architects

03:00 - 11 June, 2015
Hotel Indigo / Surber Barber Choate + Hertlein Architects, © Phillip Spears
© Phillip Spears

© Phillip Spears © Phillip Spears © Phillip Spears © Phillip Spears +16

AA Visiting School Athens: Symmetry Sentience

11:30 - 20 February, 2015
AA Visiting School Athens: Symmetry Sentience

This year the AA Athens Visiting School aims to challenge the phenomenon of perceptual constancy through the design of architectural prototypical families. In line with the basic Gestalt principles, a variety of models of different shapes and sizes will be designed through means of digital computation. Various morphologies will be derived through a bottom-up approach via various coding techniques. To bridge the gap between the digital and physical aspect of the design iterations, AA Athens will make use of digital fabricating machines to produce architectural prototypes and add mechanics to amplify their communicative characteristics. A complete 1:1 scale structure will be constructed, enabling interaction via sight, hearing and touch as a result of a series of initial testing models. These proposals will be formulated through the combination of different design software.

Conversion of Doxiadis Office Building-ATI to Apartment Building / Divercity

01:00 - 8 February, 2015
© Fernando Guerra
© Fernando Guerra

© Fernando Guerra © Fernando Guerra © Fernando Guerra © Nikos Daniilidis +24

Pxathens - Six Thresholds / Buerger Katsota Architects

01:00 - 31 January, 2015
Pxathens - Six Thresholds / Buerger Katsota Architects, © Yiorgis Yerolymbos
© Yiorgis Yerolymbos

© Yiorgis Yerolymbos © Yiorgis Yerolymbos © Yiorgis Yerolymbos © Yiorgis Yerolymbos +16

  • Architects

    Buerger Katsota Architects
  • Location

    Athens, Greece
  • Design Team

    Stephan Buerger, Demetra Katsota, Stephanos Conidaris, Flavian Lekkas, Francisco Serodio, Mladen Stamenic
  • Consultants

    Panagiotis Panagotopoulos (structural engineers), TETRAS AE (m/e engineers), Greenways (landscape architects) L+DG (lighting architects)
  • Area

    840.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Apartment Building in Deinokratous Street, Athens / Giorgos Aggelis

01:00 - 30 January, 2015
Apartment Building in Deinokratous Street, Athens / Giorgos Aggelis, © H. Louizidis
© H. Louizidis

© H. Louizidis © H. Louizidis © H. Louizidis © H. Louizidis +34

  • Architects

  • Location

    Kolonaki, Athens 106 75, Greece
  • Design Team

    Anthi Verykiou Charis Laspas, Daphne Karaiskaki, Sofia Kondylia
  • Area

    2000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

48 Urban Garden / AK-A

01:00 - 13 January, 2015
48 Urban Garden  /  AK-A, © Nikos Alexopoulos
© Nikos Alexopoulos

© Nikos Alexopoulos © Nikos Alexopoulos © Nikos Alexopoulos © Nikos Alexopoulos +13

  • Architects

  • Location

    Athens, Greece
  • Architects in Charge

    Katerina Apostolou, Minna Colakis
  • Mechanical Engineer

    Dimitris Dionyssiotis
  • Area

    190.0 sqm
  • Photographs

Deltarchi | Dragonas Christopoulou Architects Design Urban Hut for Athens

01:00 - 25 December, 2014
Deltarchi | Dragonas Christopoulou Architects Design Urban Hut for Athens, © deltarchi | dragonas christopoulou architects
© deltarchi | dragonas christopoulou architects

Curated by Apostolis Artinos, the exhibit "The Minimum Structure" features a design for an urban hut by deltarchi | dragonas christopoulou architects. Citing the mid-19th century desire to escape the city, manifest in examples such as Martin Heidegger's hütte, Le Corbusier's cabanon and Michelangelo Antonioni’s “L’avventura,” the firm has designed a structure to provide a spare space for meditation and peace among Athenian rooftops.

© deltarchi | dragonas christopoulou architects © deltarchi | dragonas christopoulou architects © deltarchi | dragonas christopoulou architects © deltarchi | dragonas christopoulou architects +6