AA Greece 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 Architectural Association’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.
Architects: KLab architecture
Location: Elaion 38, Kifissia 145 64, Greece
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
Photographs: Panos Kokkinias
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
Photographs: Charalambos Louizidis
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.
Besting a shortlist of four, Ann 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.