Chania Stay & Play is the new welfare building and neighbour park in Chania. The new welfare building will accommodate two distinct functions, the nursery and the daycare center for the elderly, while the neighborhood park is addressed to both the users of the building and the residents of the surrounding area.
The proposal’s goal is to highlight the Florina School of Fine Arts role as an important higher education public building. The design balances the interior with the outdoor space and the indoor operating areas of the building open to patios, courtyards and semi-outdoor areas.
The site is located in Peloponnese, in a mountainous settlement which was until very recently deserted. The interior and exterior space is organized in different levels which follow the natural ground inclination. The transition between the different rooms, a typical characteristic of the interior organization of the local residences is organised through a succession of ascending spaces.
The Fortress of Cresmina is a significant landmark on a prominent landscape, a place of cultural heritage and historical significance. The proposal explores the boundary between building and open-air public space, offering a transitional surface functioning as an enclosed landscape, framed by the castle walls and leaning towards the sea. The roof of the Art Center is treated as an artificial ground, an evolving surface creating ruptures of light and smooth inclinations towards the view, allowing the building’s performance as a cultural facility, as well as a public space
The Vertical Home is built in a neighborhood which used to have low-rise buildings in small lots. The Vertical Home is in fact a vertical set of three two-story apartments. Each one has unique design elements to accommodate the needs of its future residents. However, they all share an interior garden. This creates a relaxing area for the residents to escape the surrounding urban neighborhood of Piraeus which is densely built with high-rise buildings and rather noisy narrow streets. It provides privacy and integrates the apartments’ outdoor space in the building volume.
Pocket House occupies an area of 54 m2. It is locates at Skoutaros, a village at the island of Lesvos in Greece. It is designed so as to exploit the view towards the sea and Petra village, both from the inside, as well as from the outdoor areas. It acquires a rather narrow imprint, which places the living room and the bedroom at the view and leaves the kitchen, the stairs and restroom at the rear part of the house.
St. Catherine School, based in Likovrissi, Greece, invited in 2012 several teams of architects to participate in a competition for its new premises in a location nearby the existing building. The school building complex consists of three parts, the classes, the theatre and the Learning Resources Centre. The proposed arrangement allows for the interdependence of the various functions while the central courtyards allow for the maximum interaction between the users of the various parts of the school complex.
Busan Opera House drives a direct link between Korea’s past and Korea’s future image. In order to do so, the proposed scheme describes the idea of the Korean garden within the building’s shell and the new Opera House within the Korean garden. The boundaries of the artificial, manmade construction lower to the water, in a manner that visitors can have an immediate experience of nature.
Shortlist - 2010
The purpose of the new Maribor Art Gallery is to create an urban hub, an attractive recreational space. The proposed scheme deals with the manipulation of the void. A public space is created between volumes that grow from the ground and expand through their ‘foliage’ upward. Α sheltered common ground is then developed, which connects the different parts of the building between them and with the external space.
This ideas competition organized in the framework of the 23rd UIA Congress Turin 2008 was illustrating the theme: ‘Transmitting Architecture’. The design deals with a pavillion which upon closer interaction reveals its ambiguity through the merging of sinuous curves, structural performance and programmatic functions into a single continuous form and a shell structure which varies from opaque to transparent, producing a three-dimensional moiré.
Honorable Mention - 2007
Bezalel Academy was established in 1906 as the “Bezalel School of Arts and Crafts”, it is one of Israel’s leading academies in its field. The City of Jerusalem has been developed throughout history with emphasis on viewpoints, and view corridors, and the prominence of the cathedral warrants the creation of such a view corridor to the East. The proposed scheme deals with the concept of the boundary between the building and the public space. The campus functions as an open amphitheatre. It is a gesture towards the city, a pair of palms, which is lowered towards the center of the public plaza, reinforcing the view towards the cathedral.
Skiathos Bnb is a 206 m2 facility located at Skiathos, one of the most visited islands of Greece. The existing residence is converted to the Bed and Breakfast apartments while the addition of the new construction offers a very much needed extra space. The project’s goal is to draw a distinctive line between the existing and the new construction and at the same time create a smooth transition from the old to the new.
The design surrounds a Venice based artificial ecology. It describes a constantly recreated architectural space, tied between the eco-system of Venice and a new synthesized, artificial ecology. The aim of the work is to provide a design for the body of traces; a new topology given for Venice’s surface that is constantly recreated by the apparatuses.