Place: Lykovrissi, Greece,
Type: Invited Competition
Area: 4.793 m2
Architects: Eirini Androutsopoulou, Karolos Galanos, Nastazia Dretta (Kion Architects), Christina Konstantaki, Vanessa Isaak
St. Catherine School, based in Likovrissi, Greece, invited in 2012 several teams of architects to participate in a competitions for its new premises in a location nearby the existing building.
The proposal intends to create
-a theatre/auditorium and LRC that may function independently so that facilities outside regular school hours could be accommodated (conference, etc) and serve the community at large, thus enhancing the role of the school,
-”interstitial” spaces and most particularly the courtyards which promote the community spirit,
– teaching spaces with proper orientation and ventilation,
– recreational facilities
-a building with the max possible autonomy as regards energy matters, leading to an environment friendly building complex, with the use of bioclimatic architectural practices,
-maximal pedestrian flow.
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.
The central courtyards allow for the maximum interaction between the users of the various parts of the school complex. The departments (classrooms and workrooms) and the staff areas are situated at the north and south wings, thus giving an optimum lighting position, while the arts and music departments are situated at the southwest end of the wing, connecting it to the theatre.
The Learning resources centre and the theatre are situated at the west end of the site, creating the facade of the school at the main street, an independent use as well as a physical boundary to the noisy part of the school, giving thus the essential privacy which is necessary for its proper functioning.
Τwo accesses to the building, one from the north (main entrance for cars-pedestrians), one from the south (secondary entrance-buses) are designed, in order to minimize the school bound traffic and connect the school to the proposed extension (Wella site).