Shop & Trade / Kokkinou-Kourkoulas Architects

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Architects: Kokkinou-Kourkoulas Architects
Location: Pireos 222, Moschato Tavros 177 78,
Architect In Charge: Maria Kokkinou and Andreas Kourkoulas
Associate Architect: Marianna Athanasiadou
Project Team : Eleni Papanastasiou, George Iliadis, Despoina Lafazani, Marianna Lizardou, Eleni Papanastasiou
Consultant Associates: Artemis Halari, George Nikopoulos
Consultant Architect: John Peponis
Area: 10000.0 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of Kokkinou-Kourkoulas Architects

Innovative Bioclimatic European School Third Prize Winning Proposal / Atelier3AM

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The formal strategy in the design for the Innovative Bioclimatic European School by Atelier3AM, which won the third prize in the international competition, is based on the strong contrast of materials, and propelled by the duality of opaque/transparent. Inspired by the courtyard typology, their design creates a cluster of three separate courtyard buildings defining each educational unit, and connected by a central square. This objective was confronted by the physical site constraints, as well as by opportunities presented by sensible solar orientation and the channeling of the predominant winds. More images and architects’ description after the break.

H3 / 314 Architecture Studio

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Architects: 314 Architecture Studio
Location: , Greece
Architect In Charge: Pavlos Chatziangelidis
Consultant Engineer: Fotini Karagianni
Construction: Mohamed Ahmed
: 1,000 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of 314 Architecture Studio

‘Mosaic’ Innovative, Bioclimatic, European School Complex Competition Entry / AREA

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Designed by AREA (Architecture Research Athens), their proposal, ‘Mosaic’, for the Innovative, Bioclimatic, European School Complex in , springs from the belief that a diverse and stimulating educational environment, rich in experiences, provides the best context for mutual learning. Conceived as an organic whole, the Mosaic complex appears as a grid of multiple, interlocking “pavilions”, each with its own, unique architectural character, all of which are arranged within an orderly and seamless Master Plan. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Summer House in Naxos / Ioannis Baltogiannis, Phoebe Giannisi, Zissis Kotionis, Katerina Kritou and Nikolaos Platsas

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Architects: Ioannis Baltogiannis, Phoebe Giannisi, Zissis Kotionis, Katerina Kritou, Nikolaos Platsas
Location: , Greece
Architect In Charge: Ioannis Baltogiannis
Structural Engineer: Rodiani Kapiri
Area: 280.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Katerina Kritou & Nikolaos Platsas

V’ammos Restaurant / LM Architects

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Architects: LM Architects
Location: , Greece
: 300 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Studio Paterakis

Open House Thessaloniki 2012

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Taking place November 24-25, the Open House Thessaloniki 2012 event marks the first Open House event in Greece as a selection of architectural sites will be open to the public during that weekend. Celebrating the city’s architecture and design, the event aspires to expose the architectural treasures of this dynamic city, and make architecture accessible to all. Its aim is to contribute to the deeper understanding of urban design and public space, and enable all citizens and visitors to explore and understand the value of a well-designed built environment. Open House is a simple but powerful concept: showcasing outstanding architecture for all to experience, completely for free. For more information, please visit here.

Faliro Pier Competition Entry / Ksestudio

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With the challenge of creating a new landmark on a floating platform, the ‘U-Topos’ proposal for the Faliro pier competition proposes a constructed “place”, a new “Land-” and a new “-mark”. Designed by Ksestudio, in an attempt to optimize climatic conditions, views and generate events, while developing an iconic identity, their project bends the given square platform to a “U” shape. The design is essentially a shell, an empty vessel, that frames the view towards the city and the sea, while signifying a gate, as small boats are allowed to park at the perimeter of the platform. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Voronoi’s Corrals / decaARCHITECTURE

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Architects: decaARCHITECTURE
Location: Milos Island, Cyclades,
Design Team: Carlos Loperena, Alexandros Vaitsos, Eva Tsouni, Minna Colakis, Stefanos Nassopoulos, Jo Burtenshaw, Alison Katrii, Roza Giannopoulou
Construction: Carlos Loperena, Dimitra Palaiologou
Mechanical Engineer: George Kavoulakos
Structural Engineer: Christos Kaklamanis
Planting Consultant: Kalliopi Grammatikopoulou
: 300 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Stale Eriksen, Courtesy of decaARCHITECTURE

Froyo Yogurteria / Ahylo Studio

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Architects: Ahylo Studio
Location: Volos, Greece
Architect In Charge: Pavlos Xanthopoulos, Ioulietta Zindrou
Collaborator: Daphne Lada
Branding/Graphic Design: Asprimera Design Studio
: 70 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Ahylo Studio

Single Family House in Kifisia / Spacelab Architecture

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Architects: Spacelab Architecture
Location:, Greece
Structural Engineer: Thodoros Hainis
Mechanical Engineer: Vanggelis Kozoronis
Constructor: technikiapopsi, Thodoros Hainis
: 190.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Vaggelis Paterakis

New Landmark for the Faliron Pier Competition Entry / Simos Vamvakidis Studio

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Simos Vamvakidis Studio shared with is their proposal for the New Landmark for the Faliron Pier in which won the 4th prize. This gesture of “hiding” program under the landscape, combined with other elements of the surrounding man-made and natural context, like the existing landmark / shell structures in the surrounding area, or the small wave breakers that will be formed close to the site, led them to the idea of creating a “hill”, or an island in the sea. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Hill House / PAAN Architects

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Architects: PAAN Architects
Location: , Greece
Architects: Maria Papafigou, Johan Αnnerhed
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Yiannis Hadjiaslanis

Psychiko House / Divercity Architects

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Architects: Divercity Architects
Location: ,
Project Architect: Nikolas Travasaros
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Erieta Attali

Venice Biennale 2012: Made in Athens / Greece

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Contemporary Athens is a city of strong contradictions: It is a city whose particular identity was shaped during post-World-War-II reconstruction. A city which has at its disposal an exceptionally talented cadre of young architects, international in orientation, well educated and with a wealth of professional experience. It is, however, the city that was most stricken by the current economic crisis. Currently the Athenian urban space is decomposing and there are increasingly frequent and greater disruptions of the social web. The younger generation of architects benefited from the positive aspects of globalization and today has come face-to-face with the harsh aspect of the global financial crisis, a plummeting standard of living and the need to redefine the priorities of architectural design.

These contradictions are shaping a particular dynamic in the city. Conditions are being created in Athens to expand the links between architecture and the city, both during the economic downturn, but also after it has passed; furthermore conditions are being created to bring to the forefront new ways of viewing the role of architecture, removed from the standards of well-being of the previous decade.

The Greek participation presents this idiosyncratic Athenian urbanism within two themes.

Venice Biennale 2012: Greek Pavilion

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The Greek pavilion for the 2012 Venice Biennale will focus on the particular dynamics of Athens during a period of economic meltdown by addressing the deterioration of Athenian urban space, plummeting standards of living, and the need to redefine the priorities of architectural design. Architects and creative groups have already begun to shape a new “common ground” within Athens. With the exhibition “Made in Athens”, the Greek pavilion aims highlight these positive forces emerging during this crucial present moment in an effort to foreshadow a better future for the city and its architecture.

Continue after the break to learn more about “Made in Athens”.

Daphne – Installation for Santorini Biennale 2012 / 24° Studio

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Designed by 24° Studio for the Santorini Biennale 2012, Daphne is made entirely of self-supporting paper panels to create an enclosure that intervenes the visitors’ perception of the existing conditions. Their installation, which is being displayed until September 30, achieves this perception as being a container of conglomerated memory as the paper panels age and take their shape accordingly to the local condition. Located within the tunneled stairway, it interplays with the notion of concealing and revealing the ancient interior surfaces of the tunnel leading to the peak of Pyrgos. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Cascading U Two-Family Residence / AREA

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Architects: AREA, Architecture Research Athens
Location: , Greece
Architect In Charge: Styliani Daouti, Giorgos Mitroulias, Michaeljohn Raftopoulos
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Yorgis Yerolymbos