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Drawings by Tchoban, Holl, and Calatrava Among Stunning Entries for the First Athens Architecture Club Exhibition

14:00 - 16 August, 2018
Drawings by Tchoban, Holl, and Calatrava Among Stunning Entries for the First Athens Architecture Club Exhibition, New Entry 5 / Sergei Tchoban (Gold Medal Winner). Image Courtesy of The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design
New Entry 5 / Sergei Tchoban (Gold Medal Winner). Image Courtesy of The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design

Russian-German architect Sergei Tchoban of Tchoban Voss Architekten has won the Gold Medal in the First Athens Architecture Club Exhibition, organized by the Chicago Athenaeum and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design. Participating architects included Steven Holl, Daniel Libeskind, and Santiago Calatrava.

The Athens Architecture Club seeks to resurrect the historical architecture clubs of the 19th century, functioning as an “open forum, an infrastructural framework, and support platform for architects, artists, and writers to discuss, challenge and enrich a dialogue among practitioners and scholars.

Monster / Alessandro Mendini. Image Courtesy of The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design View of Lyon / James Von Klemperer. Image Courtesy of The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design Concept Sketch of Imperial War Museum North / Daniel Libeskind. Image Courtesy of The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design The Dance / Santiago Calatrava. Image Courtesy of The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design + 6

Les Lumieres a la Campagne / Arch Studio 314

01:00 - 18 July, 2018
Les Lumieres a la Campagne / Arch Studio 314, Courtesy of 314 Architecture Studio
Courtesy of 314 Architecture Studio

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Athens, Greece
  • Lead Architect

    Pavlos Chatziangelidis
  • Other Participants

    Giota Chala ,Eve Apodiakou, Alessia Arca, Olga Avgetidou, Alberto Crobe, Denitsa Dincheva, Eleftheria Fatsea, Fransisco Garrido Roca, Javier Golbano Gomiz, Stilliana Haritou, Andrius Keras, Zahari Merdzhanof, Eirini Mpouliou, Dimitrios Panagiotoy, Friny Papadopoulou, Candice Pouzout, Lukas Ramanauskas, Robin Rouillier, Emilija Tekoriute, Andriana Triantafillopoulou, Alessandro Tucci
  • Area

    104.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2018

Renzo Piano Building Workshop Presents Concept Designs for Series of Hospitals in Greece

12:00 - 27 June, 2018
Renzo Piano Building Workshop Presents Concept Designs for Series of Hospitals in Greece, Preliminary architectural design for the Children's Hospital in Thessaloniki . Image © Marilena Katsini
Preliminary architectural design for the Children's Hospital in Thessaloniki . Image © Marilena Katsini

The Renzo Piano Building Workshop (RPBW) has presented their preliminary design approaches for three hospitals in Greece. Part of a €200 million ($240 million) healthcare initiative launched by the Greek government, RPBW will produce designs for a General Hospital of Kromotini, a Children’s Hospital in Thessaloniki, and the Evangelismos Hospital in Athens which will also form part of the University’s Faculty of Nursing.

The three schemes are united by a “people-centric” approach, with each project seeking to integrate into their natural environments with an emphasis on natural light. The projects will follow the design ethos of the Stavros Niarchos Foundational Cultural Center by RPBW, completed in 2016.

© Marilena Katsini Preliminary architectural design for the new General Hospital of Komotini . Image © Marilena Katsini © Marilena Katsini © Marilena Katsini + 9

8 Treasured Historic Architecture Sites That Have Hosted Huge Rock Concerts

09:30 - 22 June, 2018
8 Treasured Historic Architecture Sites That Have Hosted Huge Rock Concerts , © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/thejointstaff/35142775934'>Flickr user thejointstaff</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/'>CC BY 2.0</a>
© Flickr user thejointstaff licensed under CC BY 2.0

Thanks to their loud, brash, and nocturnal nature, rock concerts are often held in dark bars and nightclubs designed to withstand the abuse of rowdy fans and guitar-smashing rockers. But as musicians earn a following, they eventually graduate from beer-soaked basements to prestigious theaters, outdoor amphitheaters, arenas, and stadiums. For performers and music fans alike, playing or attending a show in a space like Carnegie Hall, the Royal Albert Hall, Madison Square Garden or Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheater can be a momentous, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that ties together the sublime power that great music and architecture can both evoke. As rare as these opportunities are, an exclusive group of iconic musicians have managed to reach an even higher level of prestige by organizing one-off performances amid humanity’s most treasured historical sites—from the Acropolis and ancient Mayan cities to the Colosseum and the Eiffel Tower.

While these special concerts have given fans the chance to experience music history firsthand, many have also been mired in scandal as local officials and residents have raised concerns about potential damage to the sites or inappropriate commercial misuse of treasured cultural landmarks. Despite these legitimate and often justified concerns, these nine iconic sites have hosted some of the most ambitious concerts in the history of popular music:

Apartment in Korydallos / Plaini and Karahalios Architects

05:00 - 30 April, 2018
Apartment in Korydallos / Plaini and Karahalios Architects, © Nikos Papageorgiou
© Nikos Papageorgiou

© Nikos Papageorgiou © Nikos Papageorgiou © Nikos Papageorgiou © Nikos Papageorgiou + 10

Industrial Loft in Athens / Konstantinos Pittas

00:00 - 11 April, 2018
Industrial Loft in Athens / Konstantinos Pittas, © I&O Photography
© I&O Photography

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Winning Design Seeks to Increase Public Power Corporation Headquarter's Environmental Awareness

12:00 - 3 March, 2018
Winning Design Seeks to Increase Public Power Corporation Headquarter's Environmental Awareness, Courtesy of Micromega
Courtesy of Micromega

Micromega’s winning proposal for the new Public Power Corporation HQ in Athens seeks to define the company’s public character in creating an integrated urban park around and under the structure. The site which held the steam-powered station is to become a contemporary landmark for the city whilst establishing a dialogue with the historical complex and the existing old electricity factory.

Through Micromega’s design, PPC’s commitment to sustainable forms of energy will be established by three main “topoi” (spaces) that educate and express the company’s renewable sources – sun, wind, and water. In the creation of the new urban park, the architects hope to activate environmental awareness, reminding the public of the alternative clean sources available.

House in a Garden / RS Sparch

02:00 - 21 February, 2018
House in a Garden  / RS Sparch, © Yiorgis Yerolymbos
© Yiorgis Yerolymbos

© Yiorgis Yerolymbos House in a Garden  / RS Sparch House in a Garden  / RS Sparch House in a Garden  / RS Sparch + 35

  • Architects

  • Location

    Athens, Greece
  • Architect in Charge

    Rena Sakellaridou
  • Area

    240.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Aracari House / Diego Rodríguez Romano

15:00 - 12 January, 2018
Aracari House / Diego Rodríguez Romano, © Eduardo Rodríguez Romano
© Eduardo Rodríguez Romano

© Eduardo Rodríguez Romano © Eduardo Rodríguez Romano © Eduardo Rodríguez Romano © Eduardo Rodríguez Romano + 36

See the Construction of Renzo Piano's Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre From Above

08:00 - 4 January, 2018
See the Construction of Renzo Piano's Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre From Above, © Yiorgis Yerolymbos
© Yiorgis Yerolymbos

From Greek architect and photographer, Yiorgis Yerolymbos comes a book which captures the construction process of Renzo Piano’s Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre in Athens, Greece. Yerolymbos carefully documented every moment where the superfluous Olympic parking lot became a cultural center and sloping park with waterfront views. For almost a decade, and from every angle, the photographer watched the site transform. Birds-eye imagery proved to be some of the most captivating. As photographs, they manage to possess the characteristics of an architectural drawing.

The Wedge House / Schema Architecture & Engineering

05:00 - 23 June, 2017
© Nikos Alexopoulos
© Nikos Alexopoulos

© Nikos Alexopoulos © Nikos Alexopoulos © Nikos Alexopoulos © Nikos Alexopoulos + 36

15 Rarely Seen Details Of The Parthenon

06:00 - 5 June, 2017
15 Rarely Seen Details Of The Parthenon, Metopes. Corner of the western frieze of the Parthenon. Image © Wikipedia User: Thermos. Licensed Under CC BY-SA 2.5
Metopes. Corner of the western frieze of the Parthenon. Image © Wikipedia User: Thermos. Licensed Under CC BY-SA 2.5

The Parthenon, unquestionably the most iconic of the Ancient Greeks' Doric temples, was built between 447 and 432 BC. Located on the Acropolis in Athens, for many architects, it is one of the first buildings we analyzed when beginning our studies. Designed by Ictino and Calícrates, it displays a unique repertoire of architectural elements that can be fully appreciated individually, or for the role they play in forming a complete and magnificent whole.

Simply described, the 69.5 x 30.9-meter building is erected on a stylobate of three steps, with a gabled roof raised upon a post and lintel structure formed by Doric columns—17 on its sides and 8 on each end—which support an entablature composed of an architrave, a frieze, and a cornice. On each gable were triangular pediments with sculptures that represent the "Birth of Athena" on the East and the "Contest Between Athena and Poseidon" on the West.

Take a look at some of these elements in detail, through this set of high-resolution images.

Chapiteau. Image © Wikipedia User: Codex. Licensed Under CC BY-SA 3.0 Sculptured Horse Head. Eastern Pediment. Image © Wikipedia User: Guillaume Piolle. Licensed Under CC BY-SA 3.0 Eastern pediment. Image © Wikipedia User: Dimitris Kamaras. Licensed Under CC BY-SA 2.0 Ionic Frieze behind the Outer Peristyle. Image © Wikipedia User: Marcus Cyron. Licensed Under CC BY-SA 2.0 + 15

Topio7’s Revitalisation of Former Cemetery Merges Urban Park and City in Athens

12:00 - 22 April, 2017
Topio7’s Revitalisation of Former Cemetery Merges Urban Park and City in Athens, Courtesy of Topio7 Architects
Courtesy of Topio7 Architects

A competition for the transformation of a former cemetery in Nikea, just west of central Athens, has been won by Greek firm Topio7, with a proposal that creates a revitalized public park as a result of “a mutual osmosis between the park and the city”. A number of green buffer zones – “the elastic limit” – are utilized to frame a procession-like journey from the bustle of the city to the calm of the park’s landscape.

Highlighting the importance of the site’s previous use, the architects explain that the “main objective of the project is the creation of an open, accessible public space, a contemporary urban park with ecological-bioclimatic character, with special emphasis on the social dimension and the site’s memory.”

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POLYTOPO / Z-level

09:00 - 12 March, 2017
POLYTOPO / Z-level, © Charalabos Louizidis
© Charalabos Louizidis

© Charalabos Louizidis © Charalabos Louizidis © Charalabos Louizidis © Charalabos Louizidis + 18

  • Architects

  • Location

    Athens, Greece
  • Architect in Charge

    Elena Zervoudakis
  • Area

    60.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

AD Classics: Acropolis of Athens / Ictinus, Callicrates, Mnesikles and Phidias

04:00 - 22 February, 2017
AD Classics: Acropolis of Athens / Ictinus, Callicrates, Mnesikles and Phidias, An elevation of the entire Acropolis as seen from the west; while the Parthenon dominates the scene, it is nonetheless only part of a greater composition. ImageCourtesy of Wikimedia user Quibik (Public Domain)
An elevation of the entire Acropolis as seen from the west; while the Parthenon dominates the scene, it is nonetheless only part of a greater composition. ImageCourtesy of Wikimedia user Quibik (Public Domain)

The Parthenon, perhaps the most celebrated example of Classical Greek architecture, was only the first of a series of remarkable buildings to be constructed atop the Athenian Acropolis in the wake of the Persian Wars. Led by the renowned statesman Pericles, the city-state embarked on an ambitious rebuilding program which replaced all that had been razed by the Persians. The new complex, while dedicated to the gods and the legends that surrounded the Acropolis, were as much a declaration of Athens’ glory as they were places of worship – monuments to a people who had risen from the ashes of a war to become the most powerful and prosperous state in the ancient world.

Although the western façade of the Propylaea has not survived the passage of time, its columns still stand guard at the entrance to the Acropolis. ImageCourtesy of Flickr user Thomas Hackl (licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0) Courtesy of Flickr user Aleksandr Zykov (licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0) Throngs make their way up the causeway to the Acropolis in this artistic imagining of the Panathenaic Procession.. ImageCourtesy of Yale University Press Courtesy of Wikimedia user Steinsplitterbot (Public Domain) + 14

AD Classics: The Parthenon / Ictinus and Callicrates

04:00 - 25 January, 2017
AD Classics: The Parthenon / Ictinus and Callicrates, The Acropolis, the plateau on which the Parthenon stands, served as a fortified citadel in Athens’ Mycenaean past. ImageCourtesy of Flickr user Konstantinos Dafalias (licensed under CC BY 2.0)
The Acropolis, the plateau on which the Parthenon stands, served as a fortified citadel in Athens’ Mycenaean past. ImageCourtesy of Flickr user Konstantinos Dafalias (licensed under CC BY 2.0)

It is unsurprising that Athens, the city widely considered to be the cradle of Western civilization, would have made as celebrated a contribution to architecture as it has to countless other human pursuits. Built on a hilltop above the contemporary city, the weathered marble complex known as the Acropolis stands as a faded remnant from the former city-state’s ancient glory years, surrounded by the products of the centuries that followed. The greatest of these landmarks, the Parthenon, captures an age long past when Athens was the wealthiest and most powerful city-state in Greece and beyond.

Courtesy of Flickr user Kristof Verslype (licensed under CC BY 2.0) The west pediment of the reconstruction of the Parthenon in Nashville, Tennessee depicts Athena and Poseidon fighting for the rule of Attica while the other gods look on. ImageCourtesy of Flickr user damian entwistle (licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0) After almost 2,500 years, the Parthenon still stands tall above the city of Athens. ImageCourtesy of Flickr user Aris Gionis (licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0) The Parthenon’s columns, being narrower than typical Doric proportions dictated, served to reduce the bulk of the temple and make it appear more airy and graceful. ImageCourtesy of Wikimedia user Jebulon (licensed under CC0 1.0) + 11

Call for Submissions: "Tomorrows" – Urban Fictions for Possible Futures

11:30 - 10 October, 2016
Call for Submissions: "Tomorrows" – Urban Fictions for Possible Futures, New City, Animated Skyline Series, Liam Young, 2015
New City, Animated Skyline Series, Liam Young, 2015

How will everyday life evolve in the cities of tomorrow? What kind of changes will smart systems, technologies of automation and constant connectivity bring? Which new economic models might emerge and what will the role of the particularities of different geographical areas be? How will the development of the future cities affect the environment and the natural resources of the planet?

Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre / Renzo Piano Building Workshop

03:00 - 4 July, 2016
Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre  / Renzo Piano Building Workshop , © Michel Denancé
© Michel Denancé

Courtesy of SNFCC © RPBW © Michel Denancé © Michel Denancé + 22