Authors: Maria Viktoria Papoutsidaki, Kourti Angeliki
Instructor: Nektarios Kefalogiannis
University of Patras
This new Cultural Center is located in Athens, Greece and more specifically in Keramikos which is located to the northwest of the Acropolis. Our main thoughts were concentrated in the projection of the ever changing Art, so we wanted to design a Center that could be able to host any kind of program.
The element that makes a mark is the 12-meters tall “wall” with built-in screens that shows 24/7 beats and pieces from the exhibition that our Center is hosting for that period of time. We chose to put this wall on the main road that connects two very busy areas of Athens, so that Art itself plays a major role in the lives of people passing-by on every day basis.
Because of the out-there presence of the screens we wanted the design of the Cultural Center to walk in the steps of the ancient greek architecture methods, the so called “base-body-crowning” that are combined with the main staircase in the middle of the structure.
On the ground floor is the Foyer which is an open space with public character that includes the Ticket Office, the Gift Shop and a Café with outdoors seating to attract people from the less busy entrances on the backside. On this floor someone can find a ramp that ends on the Auditorium which is underground because of the landscape of the area. The Auditorium has a capacity of 425 people as well as the appropriate auxiliary areas. The first floor is divided in two categories, the Educational and Research department which includes the Library and working cubes and the first introduction to main Exhibition. The two compartments can be identified by the different type of floor materials. On the last floor, the “crowning”, is the Exhibition part of our Center and has two compartments which can host different expos at the same time. Because is the “crowning” of our building we wanted to give it a unique character so we decided to design this floor as a Truss-and also for construction purposes. The Cultural Center is positioned in such an order so that the corner of the last floor points to the Acropolis.
We chose the facades of our building to be made from glass for the maximum optical communication with the wall that has screens from the inside too, in order to project a big image which can be seen when someone is inside of the building as a whole, instead of the people that walk at the platforms- that run across the wall- and they can see each individual pixel.
The new Cultural Center is an honest-transparent structure towards the busy and noisy city of Athens imposing a new type of projecting Public Culture and Art.