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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

Athens - CIPHER CITY / Revolutions

What would happen if a structure could transform in real‐time? AA Athens 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

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

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

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

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

  • Architects: Triopton Architects
  • Location: Athens, Greece
  • Design Team: Hysolli Edis, Sergios Eleftherios, Vourliotis Dimitrios
  • Area: 160.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Dimitris Kleanthis

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

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

  • Architects: Potiropoulos D+L Architects
  • Location: Athens, Greece
  • Architects: Dimitris Potiropoulos, Liana Nella-Potiropoulou
  • Area: 3300.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Charalambos Loizides, Kiriaki Dovinou

© Charalambos Loizides © Charalambos Loizides © Kiriaki Dovinou © Charalambos Loizides

Four Firms Shortlisted to Refurbish US Embassy in Athens

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 Walter Gropius with the consulting architect Pericles A. Sakellarios. 

Stone House In Anavissos / Whitebox Architects

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

© George Fakaros © George Fakaros © George Fakaros © George Fakaros

Re-Think Athens Competition Entry / Nikiforidis-Cuomo Architects

The proposal, ‘Athens PubliCity: an urban neuron for a new city center’, for the Re-Think Athens 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

  • Architects: 314 Architecture Studio
  • Location: Athens, Greece
  • Architect in Charge: Pavlos Chatziangelidis
  • Associate Architect: Theodoris Tussas
  • Consulting Engineer: Fotini Karagianni
  • Area: 300.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Panayiotis Vumbakis

© Panayiotis Vumbakis © Panayiotis Vumbakis © Panayiotis Vumbakis © Panayiotis Vumbakis

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

Designed by the collaborative team composed of Harry C. Bougadellis & Associate Architects, Georges Batzios, and Martha Schwartz Partners, their proposal for the Re-Think Athens competition, which was named as the 2nd runner up, is an urban landscape element which will characterize the entire center of Athens. Titled 'Belvederes of Athens ', 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.

Re-Think Athens Competition Entry / Gianmaria Socci Architecture + Also Known As Architects + Alkistis Thomidou

A multidisciplinary, international team led by Alkistis Thomidou, Chryssa Komantou & George Anagnostakis of Also Known As Architects, and Gianmaria Socci won a special mention for the "Rethink Athens: towards a new city center" competition with a proposal based upon a new practice of citizenship, one that would physically reshape public space and let people regain control over their city. The proposal provides an intense linear space that will awaken hibernating potential for activities to shape the surrounding territory that will be unburdened of the existing restrictions to constitute a field enriched with traces of the city’s memories. More images and architects' description after the break.

Re-Think Athens Competition Entry / ABM Arquitectos

Courtesy of ABM Arquitectos
Courtesy of ABM Arquitectos

The main idea of ABM Arquitectos in their Re-Think Athens proposal, which was a finalist in the competition, is to join the two parks at the end of the intervention (Pedion Areos and Lotos Likavitou) with a green mass that will flow all along the intervention. By doing this, the architects hope to bringvback the greenery to an area that used to be a green zone in the outside of the old Athens walls and creating a green corridor that joins the old Athens with the new Athens. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Re-Think Athens Winning Proposal / OKRA

OKRA, in collaboration with Mixst urbanism and Wageningen University, was recently announced as the winning team of the prestigious competition ReThink Athens towards a new city centre. Changing the heart of Athens into a true contemporary metropolitan city centre requires transformation of the city triangle into a lively part of the city. The project aims to strongly contribute to the change of Athens and improve the environment of the city plus activating the area economically. The team is supported by the Greek Architects of Studio 75 and Werner Sobek Green Technologies. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Piraeus Antiquities Museum Competition Entry / PAR

Conceived through a spatial inversion, the proposal for the new Antiquities Museum of Piraeus is an industrial typology that is reinvented as a cultural destination. Designed by PAR, in collaboration with ARUP, their interest lies not only in the complex program of the museum, but in the site’s unexploited urban potential as a civic link. Transformed into an iconic, world class museum, the building’s openness activates the Cultural Coast District. More images and architects’ description after the break.

AA Athens Visiting School: CIPHER CITY - Recharged

Courtesy of Architectural Association
Courtesy of Architectural Association

Following the initial challenge of amplifying connectivity, adjustability and interaction for its Correlations cycle, AA Athens Visiting School scales up its design intentions in order to investigate links among discrete individual architectural systems in its 2013 version, Recharged.   

Recharged with interconnectivity on different levels, the theme of investigation will revolve around the design of semi-independent design prototypes acting together to form elaborate unified results. The driving force in Cipher City: Recharged is the synergistic effect behind complex form-making systems where interactive design patterns arise out of a multiplicity of relatively simple rules. 

H3 / 314 Architecture Studio

This private house of a total 1000m2 is located on a plot of land of 7000m2. The house was designed in order to give the sense of hovering over the water and sailing, inspired by the owners love for yachts.