Architect: Charis Gkikas & Evaggelia Filtsou
Location: Gazi, Athens, Greece
Developer: Alpha Land Developers
Construction: Alpha Land Developers
Project Team: George Stamatakis , Charis Gkikas
Interior Designer: Theano Potamianou-Ravazoula
Project Area: 1.200 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Vangelis Paterakis
Any trip to Athens, Greece would not be complete without a visit to the Acropolis, the purest remaining form of what the Greeks thought architecture should be. And yet, if you stopped by a few weeks ago, you might have been surprised to find large banners proclaiming support for a communist trade union adorning the Acropolis hill. These banners are the most visible and literal signs of the Greek debt crisis affecting the historic landmarks in the country, but they are not the ones doing the most damage. That honor goes to the drop in tourism that Greece has experienced since the beginning of the global recession and runs through the country’s fiscal problems to the present. More on how the debt crisis is affecting historical landmarks after the break.
Today we are providing our ArchDaily readers with an update for the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC) by Renzo Piano Building Workshop, architects. The sustainable arts, education, and recreation complex aims to enrich the everyday lives of its surrounding community and attract millions of visitors from around the world. As we previously shared the project will be financed by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation and has an anticipated 2015 completion date.
Young Greek architects Dimos Moysiadis and Xaris Tsitsikas, have just shared their latest project, an architecture competition entry for the redesign of the central square in Kozani, Greece. The proposal is focusing on a redesign of the public space for hosting various social activities while composing an attractive pole for gathering people of all ages 24 hours a day. The proposed design philosophy was developed by considering the square as the kernel of social everyday life. For additional images and a brief description, follow after the break.
Renovation and Extension of the Municipal Theatre of Corfu and the Entrance Piazza / Zerefos Tessas Architects
The original Municipal Theatre of Corfu designed by C. Pergolessi at the end of the 19th century and destroyed by German bombers during the Second World War. In its place a modern building was erected in the 1960’s which unfortunately did not meet the aesthetic and functional expectations of the citizens of Corfu. This proposal, brought to ArchDaily by Zerefos Tessas Architects is for the Renovation and Extension of the Municipal Theater of Corfu, Greece to provide a more appropriate architectural identity through the building.
More on this project after the break.
Constantine Cosmas and Stefanos Gkougkoustamos of Europe Studio Architects have shared with us their competition submission, a new market place typology. You can find additional images, diagrams and a narrative from the Architects of this proposal after the jump.
Greek architects, mab architecture, have shared with us their interactive, multi sensory pavilion, Plinthos. Additional images, multiple videos and a description of this visually striking project after the break.
Valentina Karga has a Master in Architecture, Technical University of Thessaly, Greece. She also was a Erasmus student in BUTE (Budapest University of Technology and Economics). Her last projects are the “Greenwashing manual” and the “Greenwasher, Sustainable active chamber”, which are her experimental thesis on how architectural research and design could adapt to the new reality of the implementation of sustainability.
Athens based Point Supreme Architects were recently awarded an honorary mention for their Theater Square proposal. The competition asked participants to rethink the idea of an urban square, as the site is surrounded by buildings which makes the small space seemingly negligible in the broad sense of the context. For their proposal, the architects dedicated the square to the magic of nature by making an urban room realized as a ‘secret garden’.
More about the proposal after the break.
Gonatas+Lantavos Architects designed the Social Housing Project for the competition sponsored by the Greek Social Housing Organisation and the Hellenic Institute of Architecture. Located in Axios, a municipality 27 km from the center of Thessalonica in Northern Greece, the residential complex is composed of small buildings that make up the larger complex. The existing landscape and context of the site helped formulate the design approach as an electronic microcircuit of connections.
Read on for more information and images after the break.