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

01:00 - 22 October, 2014
Visitors Center of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center / Agis Mourelatos + Spiros Yiotakis, © Yorgis Yerolymbos – SNFCC SA
© Yorgis Yerolymbos – SNFCC SA

© Yorgis Yerolymbos – SNFCC SA © Yorgis Yerolymbos – SNFCC SA © Yorgis Yerolymbos – SNFCC SA © Yorgis Yerolymbos – SNFCC SA +18

Paradox House / Klab Architecture

01:00 - 12 October, 2014
Paradox House / Klab Architecture, © Panos Kokkinias
© Panos Kokkinias

© Panos Kokkinias © Panos Kokkinias © Panos Kokkinias © Panos Kokkinias +26

  • Architects

  • 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

Barcelona Wins Bloomberg 2014 Mayors Challenge

00:00 - 26 September, 2014
Barcelona Wins Bloomberg 2014 Mayors Challenge, © Flickr CC User Andrew Zen
© Flickr CC User Andrew Zen

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”

01:00 - 20 September, 2014
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

01:00 - 10 August, 2014
The Kindergarten of the German School of Athens / Potiropoulos D+L Architects, © Charalambos Louizidis
© Charalambos Louizidis

© Charalambos Louizidis © Charalambos Louizidis © Charalambos Louizidis © Charalambos Louizidis +30

Pitulka Eatery / Triopton Architects

01:00 - 30 July, 2014
Pitulka Eatery / Triopton Architects, © Dimitris Kleanthis
© Dimitris Kleanthis

© Dimitris Kleanthis © Dimitris Kleanthis © Dimitris Kleanthis © Dimitris Kleanthis +18

  • Architects

  • Location

    Athens, Greece
  • Design Team

    Hysolli Edis, Sergios Eleftherios, Vourliotis Dimitrios
  • Area

    62.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Big Smile Project / Schema Architecture & Engineering

01:00 - 18 May, 2014
Big Smile Project / Schema Architecture & Engineering, © Nikos Alexopoulos
© Nikos Alexopoulos

© Nikos Alexopoulos © Nikos Alexopoulos © Nikos Alexopoulos © Nikos Alexopoulos +21

House in Chalandri / MOB architects

01:00 - 8 April, 2014
House in Chalandri / MOB architects, © Nikos Daniilidis
© Nikos Daniilidis

© Nikos Daniilidis © Nikos Daniilidis © Nikos Daniilidis © Nikos Daniilidis +14

Uptown Residences / Iro Bertaki + Christina Loukopoulou + Costis Paniyiris

01:00 - 2 February, 2014
© Charalambos Louizidis
© Charalambos Louizidis

© Charalambos Louizidis © Charalambos Louizidis © Charalambos Louizidis © Charalambos Louizidis +25

Psychico House / Iro Bertaki + Christina Loukopoulou + Costis Paniyiris

01:00 - 30 January, 2014
Psychico House / Iro Bertaki + Christina Loukopoulou + Costis Paniyiris, © Charalambos Louizidis
© Charalambos Louizidis

© Charalambos Louizidis © Charalambos Louizidis © Charalambos Louizidis © Charalambos Louizidis +17

  • Architects

  • 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

Villa 191 / ISV architects

01:00 - 22 January, 2014
© Anargyros Mougiakos
© Anargyros Mougiakos
  • 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 +17

Athens - CIPHER CITY / Revolutions

00:00 - 30 December, 2013
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

01:00 - 13 December, 2013
Urban Stripes / Klab Architecture , © Panos Kokkinias
© Panos Kokkinias

© Panos Kokkinias © Panos Kokkinias © Panos Kokkinias © Panos Kokkinias +21

  • Architects

  • 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

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

01:00 - 20 November, 2013
Ann Beha Architects Selected to Rehabilitate U.S. Embassy in Greece, Embassy of the United States in Athens, Greece. Image Courtesy of OBO
Embassy of the United States 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

01:00 - 8 October, 2013
Alaloum Board Game Café / Triopton Architects, © Dimitris Kleanthis
© Dimitris Kleanthis

© Dimitris Kleanthis © Dimitris Kleanthis © Dimitris Kleanthis © Dimitris Kleanthis +17

  • Architects

  • Location

    Athens, Greece
  • Design Team

    Hysolli Edis, Sergios Eleftherios, Vourliotis Dimitrios
  • Area

    160.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

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

01:00 - 18 July, 2013
Offices and Stores Building in Athens / Potiropoulos D+L Architects, © Charalambos Loizides
© Charalambos Loizides

© Charalambos Loizides © Charalambos Loizides © Kiriaki Dovinou © Charalambos Loizides +22

Four Firms Shortlisted to Refurbish US Embassy in Athens

01:00 - 16 May, 2013
Four Firms Shortlisted to Refurbish US Embassy in Athens, Embassy of the United States in Athens, Greece; Courtesy of the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations
Embassy 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 Walter Gropius with the consulting architect Pericles A. Sakellarios. 

Stone House In Anavissos / Whitebox Architects

01:00 - 30 April, 2013
Stone House In Anavissos / Whitebox Architects, © George Fakaros
© George Fakaros

© George Fakaros © George Fakaros © George Fakaros © George Fakaros +41

  • Architects

  • Location

    Athens, Greece
  • Design Team

    Panagiotis Kokkalidis, Aliki Triantafillidoy, Anna Drella
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs