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Hotel Indigo / Surber Barber Choate + Hertlein Architects

© Phillip Spears © Phillip Spears © Phillip Spears © Phillip Spears

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

© Fernando Guerra
© Fernando Guerra
  • Architects: Divercity
  • Location: Athens, Greece
  • Architect In Charge: Nikolas Travasaros, Christina Achtypi
  • Design Team: Nikolas Travasaros, Christina Achtypi, Dimitris Travasaros, Demetra Karabelia, Dimosthenis Lappas, Angelina Manitsa, Marios Triantafyllou
  • Area: 1709.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Fernando Guerra, Nikos Daniilidis, Constantinos A.Doxiadis Archives@ Constantinos & Emma Doxiadis Foundation, Courtesy of Divercity

© Fernando Guerra © Fernando Guerra © Fernando Guerra © Nikos Daniilidis

Pxathens - Six Thresholds / Buerger Katsota Architects

  • 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: Yiorgis Yerolymbos

© Yiorgis Yerolymbos © Yiorgis Yerolymbos © Yiorgis Yerolymbos © Yiorgis Yerolymbos

Apartment Building in Deinokratous Street, Athens / Giorgos Aggelis

  • Architects: Giorgos Aggelis
  • Location: Kolonaki, Athens 106 75, Greece
  • Design Team: Anthi Verykiou Charis Laspas, Daphne Karaiskaki, Sofia Kondylia
  • Area: 2000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: H. Louizidis

© H. Louizidis © H. Louizidis © H. Louizidis © H. Louizidis

48 Urban Garden / AK-A

  • Architects: AK-A
  • Location: Athens, Greece
  • Architects In Charge: Katerina Apostolou, Minna Colakis
  • Mechanical Engineer: Dimitris Dionyssiotis
  • Area: 190.0 sqm
  • Photographs: Nikos Alexopoulos

© Nikos Alexopoulos © Nikos Alexopoulos © Nikos Alexopoulos © Nikos Alexopoulos

Deltarchi | Dragonas Christopoulou Architects Design Urban Hut for Athens

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

Visitors Center of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center / Agis Mourelatos + Spiros Yiotakis

  • Architects: Agis Mourelatos, Spiros Yiotakis
  • Location: Athens, Greece
  • Architectural Design: Agis Mourelatos, Spiros Yiotakis
  • Architectural Consultants: Betaplan
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Yorgis Yerolymbos – SNFCC SA

© Yorgis Yerolymbos – SNFCC SA © Yorgis Yerolymbos – SNFCC SA © Yorgis Yerolymbos – SNFCC SA © Yorgis Yerolymbos – SNFCC SA

Paradox House / Klab Architecture

  • Architects: Klab Architecture
  • Location: AIT - Athens Information Technology, Peania, Athens 190 02, Greece
  • Architect In Charge: Konstantinos Labrinopoulos
  • Design Team: Enrique Ramírez, Veronika Vasileiou, Nikos Venianakis, Mark Chapman, Elena Skorda
  • Area: 250.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Panos Kokkinias

© Panos Kokkinias © Panos Kokkinias © Panos Kokkinias © Panos Kokkinias

Barcelona Wins Bloomberg 2014 Mayors Challenge

Bloomberg Philanthropies has awarded its 2014 Mayors Challenge to Barcelona, selecting its plan to deal with the problems of an ageing population over the proposals of 20 other European cities shortlisted earlier this year. The award, developed to promote the most creative and transferable solutions to intractable social problems such as public health, unemployment and transportation, carries a €5 million prize for Barcelona to put toward implementing the plan. In addition, four runners-up - Athens, Kirklees, Stockholm and Warsaw - will also receive €1 million each for their own plans.

"To meet the biggest challenges of the 21st century, city leaders must think creatively and be unafraid to try new things – and the Mayors Challenge is designed to help them do that," said Michael Bloomberg, former mayor of New York City and founder of Bloomberg Philanthropies.

Read on after the break to learn more about the proposals of Barcelona and the four runners-up

AA Athens Visiting School 2014: Students Challenge the Static Built Environment with “Kinetic Haze”

Overview of the Interactive/Kinetic Archetype. Image © Alice Mangoyan
Overview of the Interactive/Kinetic Archetype. Image © Alice Mangoyan

The Architectural Association Visiting School in Athens, as part of the AI research agenda, has continued its investigations to challenge the static built environment with its 2014 installation entitled Kinetic Haze. The project investigates the possibilities of architectural modeling via scripting, digital fabrication, and large scale installations.

This year's investigation follows the theme of the previous year’s work entitled Cipher City: Recharged, in which the creation of complex form-making systems resulted in the discovery of interactive design patterns. Following their discoveries in 2013, students in this year’s program further investigated kinetic and interactive architecture in their new study entitled Revolutions. After a series of design ideas were developed by smaller groups of students, the teams collaborated to create the final prototype Kinetic Haze in less than five days. Read on after the break to learn more about the project. 

The Kindergarten of the German School of Athens / Potiropoulos D+L Architects

The Kindergarten – of the German School of Athens in this case - is the first public building a young child comes in contact with, and hence, attributes to it a dilated importance.

Pitulka Eatery / Triopton Architects

  • Architects: Triopton Architects
  • Location: Athens, Greece
  • Design Team: Hysolli Edis, Sergios Eleftherios, Vourliotis Dimitrios
  • Area: 62.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Dimitris Kleanthis

© Dimitris Kleanthis © Dimitris Kleanthis © Dimitris Kleanthis © Dimitris Kleanthis

Big Smile Project / Schema Architecture & Engineering

  • Architects: Schema Architecture & Engineering
  • Location: Athens, Greece
  • Architect In Charge: Marianna Athanasiadou
  • Design Team: Angeliki Zografaki, Christos Stavrogiannis
  • Area: 270.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Nikos Alexopoulos

© Nikos Alexopoulos © Nikos Alexopoulos © Nikos Alexopoulos © Nikos Alexopoulos

House in Chalandri / MOB architects

  • Architects: MOB architects
  • Location: Athens, Greece
  • Area: 615.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Nikos Daniilidis

© Nikos Daniilidis © Nikos Daniilidis © Nikos Daniilidis © Nikos Daniilidis

Uptown Residences / Iro Bertaki + Christina Loukopoulou + Costis Paniyiris

© Charalambos Louizidis
© Charalambos Louizidis
  • Architects: Bertaki Loukopoulou Paniyiris
  • Location: Athens, Greece
  • Architect In Charge: Iro Bertaki, Christina Loukopoulou, Costis Paniyiris
  • Area: 6500.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Charalambos Louizidis

© Charalambos Louizidis © Charalambos Louizidis © Charalambos Louizidis © Charalambos Louizidis

Psychico House / Iro Bertaki + Christina Loukopoulou + Costis Paniyiris

  • Architects: Bertaki Loukopoulou Paniyiris
  • Location: Athens, Greece
  • Architects In Charge: Iro Bertaki, Christina Loukopoulou, Costis Paniyiris
  • Collaborating Architects: Angeliki Sioli ,Fotini Adrimi, Alexandros Avlonitis, Vassilis Kalisperakis
  • Area: 960.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Charalambos Louizidis

© Charalambos Louizidis © Charalambos Louizidis © Charalambos Louizidis © Charalambos Louizidis

Villa 191 / ISV architects

© Anargyros Mougiakos
© Anargyros Mougiakos
  • Architects: ISV architects
  • Location: Athens, Greece
  • Design Principal: Alexander Van Gilder
  • Project Architect: Anargyros Mougiakos
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Anargyros Mougiakos, Giannis Kontos

© Anargyros Mougiakos © Giannis Kontos © Anargyros Mougiakos © Giannis Kontos