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

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

The Architectural Association Visiting School in , 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

© Charalambos Louizidis

Architects: Potiropoulos D+L Architects
Location: , Greece
Architects In Charge: Dimitris Potiropoulos, Lianna Nella-Potiropoulou
Year: 2014
Photographs: Charalambos Louizidis

Pitulka Eatery / Triopton Architects

© Dimitris Kleanthis

Architects: Triopton Architects
Location: , Greece
Design Team: Hysolli Edis, Sergios Eleftherios, Vourliotis Dimitrios
Area: 62 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Dimitris Kleanthis

Big Smile Project / Schema Architecture & Engineering

© Nikos Alexopoulos

Architects: Schema Architecture & Engineering
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Marianna Athanasiadou
Design Team: Angeliki Zografaki, Christos Stavrogiannis
Area: 270 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Nikos Alexopoulos

House in Chalandri / MOB architects

© Nikos Daniilidis

Architects: MOB architects
Location: ,
Area: 615 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Nikos Daniilidis

Uptown Residences / Iro Bertaki + Christina Loukopoulou + Costis Paniyiris

© Charalambos Louizidis

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

Psychico House / Iro Bertaki + Christina Loukopoulou + Costis Paniyiris

© Charalambos Louizidis

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

Villa 191 / ISV architects

© Anargyros Mougiakos

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

Athens – CIPHER CITY / Revolutions

What would happen if a structure could transform in real‐time? AA Visiting School embarks on its’ third cycle to address issues of change, adaptation and interaction in the design of an enclosed volume. In this time of social, economic, and environmental uncertainty, it’s a quality for the built environment to regard transformation as a way of practice.

Revolutions have occurred through architectural history and vary widely in terms of design methods and fabrication techniques. Focusing on inspiring natural form‐finding techniques, AA Athens VS works towards producing a large‐scale interactive prototype that alters in real‐time the perception of interior space.

Urban Stripes / Klab Architecture

© Panos Kokkinias

Architects: Klab Architecture
Location: Veikou 37, 117 42,
Architect In Charge: Klab Architecture, Konstantinos Labrinopoulos
Design Team: Enrique Ramírez, Veronika Vasileiou, Elena Skorda
Year: 2013
Photographs: Panos Kokkinias

Ann Beha Architects Selected to Rehabilitate U.S. Embassy in Greece

Embassy of the in Athens, Greece. Image Courtesy of OBO

Besting a shortlist of fourAnn Beha Architects has been selected by the Department of State’s Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) to rehabilitate the U.S. Embassy in Athens’ chancery facility and campus. The mid-century facility, a protected architectural landmark, was originally designed by the famed Bauhaus architect Walter Gropius with the consulting architect Pericles A. Sakellarios.

Alaloum Board Game Café / Triopton Architects

© Dimitris Kleanthis

Architects: Triopton Architects
Location: Athens,
Design Team: Hysolli Edis, Sergios Eleftherios, Vourliotis Dimitrios
Area: 160 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Dimitris Kleanthis

Offices and Stores Building in Athens / Potiropoulos D+L Architects

© Charalambos Loizides

Architects: Potiropoulos D+L Architects
Location: Athens,
Architects: Dimitris Potiropoulos, Liana Nella-Potiropoulou
Area: 3,300 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Charalambos Loizides, Kiriaki Dovinou

Four Firms Shortlisted to Refurbish US Embassy in Athens

of the United States in Athens, Greece; Courtesy of the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations

The Department of State’s Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) has shortlisted four design firms for the major rehabilitation of the Athens Chancery project. Protected as an architectural landmark, the mid-century modern building was originally designed by the famed Bauhaus architect with the consulting architect Pericles A. Sakellarios.

The shortlisted firms are:

Stone House in Anavissos / Whitebox Architects

© George Fakaros

Architects: Whitebox Architects
Location: Athens,
Design Team: Panagiotis Kokkalidis, Aliki Triantafillidoy, Anna Drella
Year: 2013
Photographs: George Fakaros

Re-Think Athens Competition Entry / Nikiforidis-Cuomo Architects

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The proposal, ‘ PubliCity: an urban neuron for a new city center’, for the Re-Think competition organizes a public space processing system which develops and expands like an “urban neuron”. Designed by Nikiforidis-Cuomo Architects, their concept becomes an entire living framework aiming to re-activate and revitalize the urban body. The system acts as a familiar, habitable and dynamic framework able to “contain” events and situations of both collective and individual actions.  More images and architects’ description after the break.

Coffee Shop / 314 Architecture Studio

© Panayiotis Vumbakis

Architects: 314 Architecture Studio
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Pavlos Chatziangelidis
Associate Architect: Theodoris Tussas
Consulting Engineer: Fotini Karagianni
Area: 300 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Panayiotis Vumbakis

Re-Think Athens Competition Entry / Harry C. Bougadellis & Associate Architects + Georges Batzios + Martha Schwartz Partners

Courtesy of Harry C. Bougadellis & Associate Architects, Georges Batzios,

Designed by the collaborative team composed of Harry C. Bougadellis & Associate Architects, Georges Batzios, and Martha Schwartz Partners, their proposal for the Re-Think competition, which was named as the 2nd runner up, is an urban landscape element which will characterize the entire center of . Titled ‘Belvederes of ‘, their design concept creates a high velocity urban corridor void of anchors or rest by structuring the street space into a series of terraces, expressive belvederes define individual urban spaces along this perpetual slope. More images and architects’ description after the break.