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

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

Pitulka Eatery / Triopton Architects

© Dimitris Kleanthis

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

AS67 Student Housing / LoT

© George Messaritakis

Architects: LoT
Location: Thessaloniki,
Architects In Charge: Leonidas Trampoukis, Eleni Petaloti
Area: 2200.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: George Messaritakis

Into the Light Hotel / A31

© Christos Drazos

Architects: A31
Architectural Design: Praxitelis Kondylis
Design Team: Praxitelis Kondylis, Stephanos Nasopoulos, Christos Spetseris
Photographs: Christos Drazos

Vacation Residence at Lia / MOLD Architects

© Yannis Kontos

Location: 463 00, Greece
Architect In Charge: Iliana Kerestetzi
Design Team: Maria Vrettou, Richard Rubin, Katerina Daskalaki, Fotis Zapantiotis
Area: 300.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Yannis Kontos, Iliana Kerestetzi

AA Greece Visiting School / Folded Force

AA Visiting School is a mobile workshop series which travels and reaches cities outside the country’s capital. It functions as a ‘satellite’ of education that promotes the ’s exclusive, intensive form of teaching and learning around the country. AA Greece VS aims on visiting a different city each year and construct a single large-scale model which will act as an active nod of communication among the various locations. In 2014, the School will initiate its design agenda with an architectural approach that is focused on the aspect of connection. The city of Patras which is the starting node of AA Greece VS was chosen by the European Commission to be the European Capital of Culture for the year 2006. The concept of the event revolved around the main theme of “Bridges” and “Dialogues”, drawing benefit from the city’s rich history and its position as a “Gate to the West”, to underline the essence of the productive interaction of culture and civilizations in Europe. The AA Greece Visiting School will investigate how well existing buildings with various sightlines and variant spatial grammars perform according to human perception. In sync with the flexible and adaptive concept of parasitical structures, the research focuses on the making of transformable large-scale creations that accentuate prominent architectural features of existing buildings. The research looks at how cultural factors, personal preferences, experiences, and expectations can lead to the transformation of architectural parasitical structures.

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

Residence in Ancient Korinthos / Spiros Papadopoulos Studio

© Charalampos Louizidis

Architects: Spiros Papadopoulos Studio
Location: ,
Project Leader: Spiros Papadopoulos
Area: 210 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Charalampos Louizidis

House in Chalandri / MOB architects

© Nikos Daniilidis

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

Residence In Legrena / Thymio Papayannis and Associates

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Architects: Thymio Papayannis and Associates
Location: Legrena 195 00,
Architects In Charge: Ivi Nanopoulou, Eirini Nikitaki, Eri Nikoloudi, Thymios Papayannis, Maria Sgouridou
Project Manager: Ivi Nanopoulou
Area: 5940.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Charalampos Louizidis

New Waterfront of Thessaloniki / Nikiforidis-Cuomo Architects

© Prodromos Nikiforidis

Architects: Nikiforidis-Cuomo Architects
Location: Aggelaki, , Greece
Architect In Charge: Bernard Cuomo
Area: 238,800 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Prodromos Nikiforidis, Ionnis Kaktis, Bernard Cuomo

Supermarket in Athens / KLab architecture

© Panos Kokkinias

Architects: KLab architecture
Location: Elaion 38, Kifissia 145 64,
Architect In Charge: Konstantinos Labrinopoulos
Design Team: Enrique Ramírez, Veronika Vasileiou, Elena Skorda, Haris Heizanoglou, Mark Chapman
Construction Management: Future Constructions
Area: 2600.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Panos Kokkinias

Uptown Residences / Iro Bertaki + Christina Loukopoulou + Costis Paniyiris

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Architects: Bertaki Loukopoulou Paniyiris
Location: , Greece
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

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Architects: Bertaki Loukopoulou Paniyiris
Location: , Greece
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 154 / ISV Architects

© Anargyros Mougiakos

Architects: ISV Architects
Location: ,
Design Principal: Babis Ioannou
Project Architect: Anargyros Mougiakos
Year: 2010
Photographs: Anargyros Mougiakos

Villa 153 / ISV Architects

© Erieta Attali

Architects: ISV Architects
Location: Kifisia,
Design Principal: Alexander Van Gilder
Project Architect: Daniela Stankovic
Year: 2012
Photographs: Erieta Attali

Villa 191 / ISV architects

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