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ARISTODIMOS KOMNINOS architect engineer | urban designer

Massachusetts Institute of Technology Academic | Professional | Design Portfolio 2006 - 2013

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ARISTODIMOS KOMNINOS architect engineer | urban designer | researcher 4 Union Park Street, Apt. 3 Boston, MA 02118 +1-857-919-8369 komninos@mit.edu www.ariskomninos.com

Aristodimos Komninos is a professional Architect-Engineer with strong interest on sustainable development, city transformations and urban density. Disadvantages and seemingly intractable problems urge him to generate ambitious ideas making him obsessed with turning those into an advantageous capital.

PROFESSIONAL Summer 2012 Serie Architects | Mumbai, India Fall 2012 Organization for Permanent Modernity | Boston, USA

Architect Intern Designer & Research Assistant

Summer 2008 - 2009 Olive3 - Architecture & Design | Athens, Greece

Junior Architect

Spring - Fall 2008 Hellenic Society for the Environment and the Cultural Heritage | Athens, Greece

‘Sustainable Aegean’ Network Manager

Fall 2007 Deco In - interior design & construction | Athens, Greece

Designer

Fall 2005 - Summer 2006 Dimitrios A. Manolioudakis - architect | Athens, Greece

Designer

LEADERSHIP & MENTORING Spring - Summer 2011 AKTO - Arts & Design College | Athens, Greece Summer 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games 2011 | Athens, Greece

Educational Partner Airport Operations Supervisor

Spring - Summer 2011 Hellenic Army - 3rd Mechanized Infantry Brigade | Orestiada, Greece

EDUCATION Degree expected 2013 Massachusetts Institute of Technology | Boston, USA Candidate for Master of Science in Architectural Studies - Architecture & Urbanism Fall 2002 - Spring 2010 National Technical University of Athens | Athens, Greece Architect Engineer Diploma Fall 2006 - Summer 2007 Universidade Fernando Pessoa | Porto, Portugal Study abroad program

AWARDS Fall 2012 - Summer 2013 S.A.Onassis Foundation | Athens, Greece S.A.Onassis Foundation Scholarship 2011-2012 Fall 2012 - Summer 2013 Massachusetts Institute of Technology | Cambridge, USA Merit-Based Fellowship

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Architectural Engineer


Fall 2011 - Summer 2012 Massachusetts Institute of Technology | Cambridge, USA Half Tuition Fellowship Award Summer 2011 The Fulbright Foundation in Greece | Athens, Greece Fulbright Scholarship

CONFERENCES | PRESENTATIONS | EXHIBITIONS Fall 2010

“Museum of Energy in Faliron Steam Power Plant” | Athens, Greece Presented my diploma thesis through interview in VETO newspaper.

Fall 2010

“Industrial Heritage - From recording to re-use” | Volos, Greece Exhibited my diploma thesis in TICCIH’s Hellenic section annual conference.

Fall 2009

Fourth European Industrial and Technical Heritage Weekend | Calais, FRANCE Invited as guest speaker to the 4th European Industrial and Technical Heritage Weekend, organized by European Federation of Associations of Industrial and Technical Heritage.

COMPUTER SKILLS OS § Microsoft Windows § Macintosh OSX CAD software § Rhinoceros 3D § 3D Studio Max, V-ray § AutoCAD, 2D & 3D Design & Illustration § Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign. § Corel Photo Suite (Draw, Photo Paint, Capture, Trace). GIS software § ESRI ArcMap Other § Microsoft Office (Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, Excel).

LANGUAGES Greek (native language) English (fluent) French (advanced use) Portuguese (reading ability)

MEMBERSHIP IN ORGANIZATIONS Summer 2010 - Today Technical Chamber of Greece 2003 - today Hellenic Society for the Environment and the Cultural Heritage Regular Member, Supporter and volunteer. 2001 -2006 Youth City Council of Nea Smyrni Chairman and regular member

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THE ROUNDABOUT TOWN | 6-11

THE AUTONOMOUS CITY | 12-17

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KOzANI’S CENTRAl SQUARE | 38-43

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THE WAll | 28-37

NEO fAlIRO STEAM POWER PlANT | 44-53


THE fREIGHT CITY | 18-21

UNDER ONE ROOf | 22-27

BANK IN NAfPlIO | 70-73

IlIAS zARBAlIS HAIR SAlON | 54-57

MERCADO DO BOAvISTA | 62-69

SCHOOl BUIlDING COMPlEx | 74-79

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THE ROUNDABOUT TOWN

URBAN DESIGN STUDIO - QUINCY ADAMS MIT - Cambridge, Spring 2012 Professor: Alexander D' Hooghe

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Introduction The Roundabout Town is a project developed for the Urban Design Studio ‘Architecture of the Territory’, instructed by Alexander D’ Hooghe at MIT School of Architecture and Planning the Spring of 2012. The Goal of the studio was to develop urban strategies based on infrastructures and more specifically to elaborate on the idea of Transit Oriented Development.

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THE TRAffIC/PARKING STRATEGY The basic idea behind my proposal was driven by the intense topography of the site, the loose urban relations between scarced districts, and the extensive surface parking around the area. The site is located at the lowest point of a water basin, surrounded by two steep hills. The I-93 highway runs along a ledge, atop the east heelside and lands right between the urban fabric and the

MBTA station, splitting the whole area in two. Finally, the extensive impervious surfaces that are in place because of the surface parking around major commercial and transportation nodes, render the area unable to manage the significant amount of runoff. Five componenents were designed to address both landscape and urbanity. 50 mph

The traffic/parking strategy takes advantage of the different altitude between the city level and the highway level. The idea is that instead of bringing down to the city level, the entire vehicular traffic from the higway just for providing parking space, parking should be lifted off the gound level and linked directly to the highway, resulting in the decongestion of the urban fabric, and significantly reducing the impervious surfaces on the ground.

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COMPONENT 1: TRAffIC & PARKING lOOP The Traffic & Parking Loop is the basic component of the proposal. It is anchored from the two hills of the site and operates as a transitional zone between the highway and the city. This basic component is literally a combination of a highway ring interchange and a surface parking facility. Instead of bringing heavy traffic from the highway right on the ground level just to provide parking, parking is lifted off the ground and linked directly to the highway freeing up urban space on the ground level.

COMPONENT 4 & 5: THE WATER MANAGEMENT NECKlACE The Distribution Center Necklace is an infrastructural bow that connects all the free-standing distribution centers located in the site. The Water Management System runs on the background of (and thanks to) all the previous components. Both the first loop and the gamma structure, allow for the water to run on the ground level, free from surface parking, while the ground level loop and the distribution center necklace act as water channels that drive water into a cumulative basin.

POLICE SUPERMARKET FIRESTATION FARMER’S MARKET

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COMPONENT 2: THE NEIGHBORHOOD lOOP The Neighborhood Loop outlines the impacts of the first loop. It defines an urban fabric that now runs uninterrupted thanks to function of the first loop

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COMPONENT 3: THE GAMMA STRUCTURES The Gamma Structures are small clones of the basic first loop. They perform the same function but on a smaller, individual scale. They are located along the ledge and connect surface parking lifted off the ground directly to the highway


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THE AUTONOMOUS CITY

URBAN DESIGN STUDIO MIT - Cambridge, Spring 2012 Professor: Alexander D’ Hooghe

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AN AUTONOMOUS SOCIETY ‘An autonomous Society is origin of the significations it creates -of its institution- and it knows it self as such. Autonomous Society is a society that selfinstitutes itself explicitly. This amount to saying: it knows that the significations in and through which it lives and exists as society are its work [oeuvre] and that they are neither necessary or contingent’ Cornelius Castoriades, The World in Fragments.

BASIC PRINCIPlES Of AN AUTONOMOUS CITY The Autonomous City: > is self-governed but both governance and governants follow equally limiting regulations > is a self-limiting Society [Boundaries] > rejects growth per se

REGUlATIONS

> the city exists within a convention; within a boundary, that is recognizable as such. > the city features no infrastructure beyond this boundary, therefore: > can not import or export goods or resources > needs to produce everything necessary for its survival > cannot export, therefore trade [domesticated economy].

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Infrastructure Elimination

The Urban/Rural Continuum

Resources Control

The main purpose of the autonomous city is to resist against the pursuit of growth and develop-­ ment per se, and offer the ground for an alternative evolution of the communities. The principal tool of this pursuit is the total elimination of external infrastructure (motoerways, railways, airports, power grid, telecommunications). The existence of those amenities is driven by and built for growth. However, a domesticated basic infrastructure serves as a platform for the well-­being and equality of the community’s members.

The development of the city is based on the urban/rural continuum. That is, since the city has to produce everything needed for its survival, the food production has to be sufficient to support the community. This dependence on food production is the main lever to guarantee the size of the city. Agriculture covers a minimum of 25% of the entire land.

The formal state maintains control of access to food and water, while being responsible for the distribution of those goods both in the city and the agricultural land. Thus, development cannot extend further than access to those goods allow. The collection and distribution of those goods will be opperated by limited pieces of infrastructure that will be run by the stateand will eventually define the operational boundaries of the city


Building Materials

The Boundary

Since the city has no infrastructural connection beyond its boundaries, the building materials have to originate from within the natural resources of the city. Most likely, those materials will be clay bricks, rammed earth, and wood. Limited materials equals limited building typology. Therefore, the size, height and form of the building is most likely to follow some specifications and patterns imposed by itself the available material.

The boundary of the autonomous city needs to be an icon;a symbolic representation of the limits of the city that: 1. Indicate the conventional, non permanent character of the limits, and the fact that they could be trespassed at any given moment 2. Lacks of any kind of program so as never to become a necessity for the society, Its presence simply constitutes a monument of the current social institution.

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THE FREIgHT CITY

URBAN DESIGN STUDIO - QUINCY ADAMS MIT - Cambridge, Spring 2012 Professor: Alexander D’ Hooghe

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Introduction The Freight City is a project developed for the Urban Design Studio ‘Architecture of the Territory’, instructed by Alexander D’ Hooghe at MIT School of Architecture and Planning the Spring of 2012. The Goal of the studio was to develop an urban scenario of an Ideal City by using only infrastructural elements The Freight City is an idea about a city that is entirely organized by its inputs and outputs. The city itself is located right on the harbor, taking advantage of the direct access to seatransportation. The city is enclosed within a clear rectangular form to achieve its urban coherence. Because of its high dependence on harbor activites, the inner stucture is following a grid of 50x50 inches insipred by the grid that better facilitates the process of commercial containers. The programmatic sectors of the city are organized in parallel zones:

CARGO PROCESSING AND STAGING AREAS

PRODUCTION UNIT

The Cargo Processing and Staging Area This is were all imports and exports take place. The mulitple platforms are used for simultaneous cargo processing at different levels and operation perpendicular connectors ensure the continuous flow of merchandise

RESIDENTIAL & URBAN AGRICULTURE

The Production Sector This is where the imported goods are treated before entering the residential sector. The Production Sector also process the goods produced within the city before they proceed to the cargo sector

Residential and Urban Agriculture Sector Most of this sector is occupied by residential units. Large infrastructural lines interupt the urban fabric to provide commercial venues and civic services. Elevated urban agriculture units are also hosted along these service lines.

Park & Parking This zone is directly linked to the highway and it provides surface parking to the city together with a large green open space. This zone also operates as a buffer between the residential sector and the waste treatment facility.

Waste Treatment Facility The Wate treatment facility located at the very end of this urban structureprocess and exports the waste generated within the city. It is directly connected with a transportation artery that does not affect the inner city or the surrounding areas.

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PARK & PARKING

WASTE TREATMENT FACILITY


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EUROPEAN ARCHITECTURAL COMPETITION Bioclimatic European School in Crete Collaborator: Dimitris Papanikolaou

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MOTIvATION

Our design proposal is driven by the following objectives: > Design a school that represents the European spirit by connecting all students from different age levels into one entity, while allowing each school to exist individually > Provide environmental protection and energy efficiency > Individual School Identities

ORGANIzE 4 BUIlDINGS AROUND A CENTRAl COURTYARD

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STATEGIC DESIGN STEPS

We create four individual buildings to express the different programmatic functions and establish clear identities. > Classroom / Unit identity We use the principle of a push-pull unit where each unit is a classroom/playroom typology to design individual classrooms that can shift based on the landscape morphology. Pairs of units can be connected by small living rooms that provide both space for socializing and circulation.

> European Unity / Environmental Protection We unite the four buildings by a single canopy that expresses the multicultural unity, while providing environmental protection by shading the slabs and preventing the buildings from thermal loads > In-between Space: By hovering the canopy over the four buildings we create a landscape between the terraces of the buildings and the roof that maximizes landscape

ROTATE THE COMPlEx TO CREATE PRIvATE COURTYARDS fOR EACH BUIlDING WITH THE PlOT BOOUNDARIES

ExTEND THE CORNERS TO MAxIMIzE UTIlIzATION Of THE CORNER SPACES, ADAPT TO lANDSCAPE TOPOGRAPHY, AND PROvIDE ACCESS TO THE lANDSCAPE


THE ENTRANCE Of THE COMPlEx, AND THE ADMINISTRATION BUIlDING occupancy and provides social open-air space. > Arrangement of buildings and courtyards We place the four buildings in a square format formulating a central courtyard while each building creates an individual private courtyard

lOWER THE CORNERS TO PROvIDE ACCESS TO THE ROOf TERRACES Of EACH BUIlDING fROM THE lANDSCAPE

ADAPT THE SHAPE TO THE NATURAl lANDSCAPE TOPOGRAGHY DEfINED BY THE HIllS AND vAllEYS

OffSET AND lIfT THE ROOf CANOPY fROM THE GROUND TO CREATE AN OPEN-AIR SPACE UNDERNEATH

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PERPSPECTIvE vIEW, fACING NORTH > Pathways and circulation Pathways along the diagonals connect the central piazza to the landscape and sport fields while providing two entries from the road, one for pedestrians and one for school buses and emergency vehicles inside the courtyard. Pathways across the square sides provide entrances to the schools, penetrate them and connect to the private courtyards > Placement of building in the plot Placing the square figure ground parallel to the sides of the site leaves no space for the courtyards. By rotating the square figure ground by 45 degrees we create spacious courtyards between the plot sides and the corners of the site > Integration with the landscape topography We create two natural pits for the elementary and the primary schools while leaving the space down the valley for the secondary. Since the landscape is a valley we create a pitched tessellated roof that climbs the hills

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THE WALL

URBAN DESIGN STUDIO - PROVIDENCE, RI MIT, Cambridge - Spring 2012 Professor: Michael Dennis

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ExISTING PlAN

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INTRODUCTION Even though at the crossroads of important axis and next to significant educational and cultural clusters (Brown University, RISD, Johnson & Wales) Downcity suffers from sparse urbanization with its neighborhoods poorly connected and segmented by vast parking areas and underdeveloped land. Most representative is the case of the un-built area where the highway used to cross between Financial District and Jewelry District splitting the whole city. Given the inevitable fact of the population growth that our cities will experience in the next 25 years, and Providence will not be any exception to that

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rule, this project aimed at finding solutions towards a more dense urban fabric through means that will revitalize its structure and strengthen its identity. Downcity Providence could be interpreted as one island. Defined by the riverfront and a highway, the Financial and Jewelry district are clearly detached from the surrounding areas; College Hill, Smith Hill, Federal Hill, South Providence and Fox Point. And while the riverfront consists an advantageous capital for the city, with its famous Waterplace Park, the highway wraps around the city undermining

its continuity and connectivity with the rest of the neighborhoods. This proposal attempts to identify those venues that will bring about Downcity’s urban rebirth and develop ideas about the tools that will bring this vision into life. The study examines a spectrum of scales, from the overall strategies to the neighborhood and block units. However, the main focus area is the highway seen as adding value factor and essential part of the civic structure.


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Government Center

Urban Patches

The main landmarks of the city together with some areas of interest with potentials for development outline a strategy map that could be summarized in specific development gestures shaping what I like to call “urban patches”. Those “patches” vary in importance and range but connect places hierarchically equal, bringing balance to the edges of Downcity, thus encouraging a homogeneous growth for the in-between areas. îî Running from east to west, this urban gesture connects Brown University, RISD and Johnson & Wales while leading across the highway towards an unexploited piece of land that could trigger a new Campus development bringing together the major educational resources of Providence îî The second “patch” tends to bring City Hall and the Industrial Zone into Downcity’s urban realm turning them into the major endpoints of the North - South axis. The Industrial Zone will counter-balance the magnitude of City Hall by turning the whole area into the city’s Museum District.

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urban strategy plan

Throughout the city there are some underlying patterns of potential connectivity among various points of interest around Downcity, which is to be found on the intersection of those linear urban “patches”

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01 Waterplaza

In terms of civic structure, the City Hall and the the Providence Place Mall together with the vast public space they share are matched in scale by the new Waterplaza which is located at the very south edge of the city where the industrial zone lays today. The Waterplaza purpose is to offer Downcity Providence an urban space that will properly conclude its civic structure, nowadays disrupted by the highway crossing the river depriving access to the city’s rightful southern edge. The Waterplaza features a monumental linear building marking the edge of the city while framing a rectangular public space overlooking Providence River and Fox Point. Waterplaza is the most important element of the proposal thereby, meeting point of two major strategies. The linear building, is actually a small part of a greater urban structure that constitutes the second strategy of this study; The Wall.

diagram of the proposal’s civic structure

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THE WAll

The Wall is an answer to the question of how a city deals with its limits and edges. Specific boundaries are not always factor of segregation, but also a decisive factor of urbanity. As mentioned before, Downcity is surrounded by highway I-95. This piece of infrastructure shaped a powerful boundary for the city having an impact to both its connectivity and integrity along this edge. The solution proposed is a linear zoning along this edge that will accommodate big programs, preferably requiring access to the highway. Thus, and given the fact that the densification of the city will result in limited vehicular access

THE AxIS lEADING TO THE WATERPlAzA AND THE SOUTHERN EDGE Of THE CITY

CAFES & RESTAURANTS

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DIARAGRAMMATIC ANAlYSIS Of THE WATERPlAzA’S lINEAR BUIlDING


01 and parking, most of the circulation will be absorbed right at the edge of the city allowing the inner street network to function properly. This zoning features characteristics such as big height and an interconnected linear network of commercial arcades at the ground floor. Thus, this zoning will generate a homogenous and rigid urban element that will be read as the city’s new identity from the outside and a continuous urban façade from the inside, restructuring the dismantled urban scape while protecting Downcity from the noise and aesthetics of the highway.

The Wall is interrupted on the intersection with major streets and the “patches” mentioned before, shaping gateways for the city. This way the Wall does not segregate the city from its surroundings, but formalize and mark its welcoming points

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INfRASTRUCTURE PAvIlIONS

Supportive elements to those gestures are the wide platforms bridging the two sides of the highway. “Infrastructure Pavilions”, built on those platforms, accommodate programs like big markets and farmer’s houses that lay a common ground between neighborhoods while assisting the prevention of heavy vehicular traffic from entering the city. Incoming goods will be concentrated in those pavilions before redistribution within city limits.

THE BlOCK - THE NEIGHBORHOOD

The knitting of the street network drove the concept behind the design of the blocks and neighborhoods. The North-South and West-East axes display a great contradiction, as the first lacks the continuity and coherence demonstrated by the latter. Therefore the blocks were designed as means to reconstitute the proper circulation by integrating irregular and discontinuous streets into a reorganized street network favoring pedestrian circulation. The second goal was to programmatically densify the neighborhoods by duplicating the street effect, taking advantage of the newly shaped secondary street network. In other words, turn the block’s inside out, by activating the domestic space as pieces of a chain connecting the courtyards of the

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NIKAIA, PIRAEUS PYRGOS, THIRA (SANTORINI) BOOK’S ARCADE BLOCK PERIMETER BLOCK RADIUS: 120’’ DIMENSIONS: 300X300DOWNTOWN, ATHENS STREETS’ WIDTH: 55/50/85/25 STREETS’ WIDTH: 3’ - 6’ BLOCK DIMENSIONS: 300X300 STREETS’ WIDTH: 55/50/85/25

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KOZANI CENTRAL SQUARE

NATIONAL ARCHITECTURAL COMPETITION Athens, Greece, 2010 Collaborators: E. Katrini, A. Lyroudia, M. Papavasileiou

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GENERAl PRINCIPlES The motive of the synthetic proposal was the preservation of the trees and the area of “protection” around each one of them. A pattern formed by circles of variable diameter wraps around the trees and points the accesses and the limits of the square, which are connected with the pedestrian streets around it. In that way the square gains a new identity and character. The microclimate of the area is optimized by adding water elements and trees at

the northern part of the square. Green areas and soft surfaces wrap around the trees and as we distance from them we find slate tiling. The basic principle of the proposal is a mild intervention, the retention of all trees and the reuse of a great part of the prior tiling. The scene is placed in the center and it has multiple uses. The urban equipment is enriched with benches, chairs, lamps, a playground and new stands. CENTRAl CONCEPT: PROTECTION AREA AROUND THE TREES

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NEO FALIRO STEAM POWER PLANT

UNDERGRADUATE THESIS NTUA, Athens, Greece, 2010 Collaborators: C. Krekoukiotis, P. Mavros Οδός ρου Φαλή

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STATUTORY GREEN SPACES ClAIMED GREEN SPACES 1. SEAfRONT Of PIRAEUS 2. KARAISKAKI STADIUM 3. ABANDONED PAINT fACTORY 4. INDUSTRIAl PARKS Of v.I.P.A. AND v.I.O.PA. 5. S.S.P. NEW fAlIRO 6. PEACE AND fRIENDSHIP STADIUM 7. ENvIRONMENTAl PARK 8. BEACH vOllEY AMPHITHEATER 9. NATIONAl OPERA AND lIBRARY 10. TAE KWON DO COURT 11. ESTUARY Of KIfISSOS 12. ESTUARY Of IlISSOS TRAffIC AxES 12. POSIDONOS AvENUE 13. AMfITHEAS AvENUE 14. SYGGROU AvENUE 15. THISEOS AvENUE 16. RAIlWAY 17. PIREOS AvENUE 18. KIfISOU AvENUE 19 AlIPEDOU STREET

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NEO fAlIRO SPP: ASPECT fROM THE INTERIOR

BACKGROUND Neo Faliro Steam Power Plant (SPP), is the first Power Plant in Greece and was built in Athens in 1903. In 1986, fourteen years after its final closure, the majority of the complex and its equipment were listed as industrial heritage monuments. Ever since, the industrial heritage complex stays abandoned and neglected, and only recently was certified free and safe from asbestos, giving again the possibility for its reuse. Neo Faliro SPP is located on the coast of Kifissos River, the larger surviving riverbed in Athens. Its position at the conjunction of metropolitan transportation networks, combined with significant available vacant land, make it an ideal location for an urban design project.

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URBAN STRATEGY The key points, imposed and answered by the study were to re-animate the industrial shell itself, re-link the site with the current urban tissue, rejoin neighborhoods and finally reposition the greater area back into the map of metropolitan Athens. The new strategy we are proposing for the regeneration of Neo Faliro SPP, provisions the transformation of the old plant into the Museum of Energy and Climate Change. This is a dynamic space that simultaneously narrates the history of the factory itself, and unveils the future of Energy and the Climate Change. While preserving the unique existing space and its equipment, secondary spaces are retrofited and new architectural feautures are introduced, such as the new canopy along the central wing. Along with the reanimation of the SPP, we propose some complimentary uses within the surrounding area. Those uses are: > The ‘Water Resources, and Kifissos River Museum’, located on the riverbank of Kifissos > New Metro Station placed underneath Kifissos Avenue, > Riverside Pedestrian Walk with muliple cross-side connections, > Retail and Commercial Uses adjacent to the existing Cultural Center, and > a 4 hectare Park. The aspiration of this project is to reanimate the abandoned Power Plant while transforming it into local and Metropolitan landmark

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LISTED INDUSTRIAL EQUIPMENT MUSEUM OF ENERGY - MAIN RECEPTION THE HISTORY OF STEAM POWER TEMPORARY EXHIBITION HALL CAFE SERVICE AREAS

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PROPOSED SPATIAL UNITS FOR THE NEW MUSEUM OF ENERGY

CONFIGURATION OF THE LISTED MACHINERY INSIDE THE FACTORY SHELL


the new CANOPY, AND PART OF THE LONG WALLS

THE NEW ENTRANCE AND THE INTERIOR OF THE POWER PLANT

FORUM OF ENERGY + CLIMATE CHANGE Our goal for SPP is to be constantly alive full of events, and that its visitors would like to revisit it. Having this in mind, we created a Museum of Energy, that with some temporary and permanent exhibitions and events, the museum can creates its own stable audience and visitors. From a source of pollution and degradation, the

factory turns to the core of the urban reformation and a public center of information on energy issues. The SPP pertains more than 50% of its equipment, although much is lost. The maintenance and enhancement of the surviving machinery is a key element of our proposal. The empty spaces accommodate the permanent

and temporary exhibitions of the museum. The new entrance is located on the north side, and marks the opening of the SPP to the city and public space. All the extra required spaces are placed around SPP. The new entrance with small interventions covers the visitors’ service without altering the interior of the factory with alterations or additions. 51


THE NEW CANOPY The new canopy spans along the middle wing of the power plant and indicates the new entry of the Forum of Energy and Climate Change. The new canopy creates a powerful symbol of the new function of the SPP. The roof’s figure accrues of parameters like the building’s height, the density of the industrial equipment, the open spaces and the new uses.

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ENTRANCE TO THE MUSEUM Of ENERGY AND THE PASS OvER THE REMNANTS Of THE ANCIENT lONG WAllS


Neo Faliro SPP - Museum of Energy

Kifissos Avenue and Riverbed

Riverside Pedestrian Walk

The Long Walls

Neo Faliro SPP - Museum of Energy and Climate Change

Elevated Metro Tracks

Retail and Commerce

Childrens Workshops

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ILIAS ZARBALIS HAIR SALON

BUILT PROJECT Athens, Greece, 2009 with Olive3 Architecture & Design

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visualization of entrance. 3ds max & vray renderer

visualization of upper floor. 3ds max & vray renderer

before and after

HAIR SALON “ILIAS ZARBALIS” Creative team OLIVE3 architecture & design was assigned to design within a shell consisted of three levels (basement of 95 sqm, 85 sqm ground floor, first floor 105 square meters) inside an old bourgeois building of the 30’s, using modern materials, advanced technology and great style to meet the needs of a multifunctional space that appeals to a discerning audience, familiar with modern services and amenities, typical feature of this particular beauty salon franchise. Basic synthetic principle was to create a new optical of the shop by the entrance of the gallery, to be better perceived by the passing-by visitor of Voukourestiou street. Thus, there was a decline in 56

the current limit inward so as to mark the entrance and at the same time to create a small window that can be changed topics depending on the season. Then, all along the side of the gallery has been redesigned and coated in black wooden panels and three-dimensional texture to create a unified feel. On the ground level, were placed the lobby (reception), a wardrobe and seven working stations. The core of the store was placed on the floor (sixteen working stations) joined with the ground floor with a stunning metal ladder that develops in front of a three-dimensional white wall, while some additional functions (makeup, waxing, public toilets and

personnel space) were positioned in the basement. On the upper floor all the functions unify through a continuous ribbon made out f white corian, running around space, as it transforms from bench to ceiling, lamp, fragment and back. Most of the furniture is designed specifically for the needs of the store and is made of white corian and white lacquer, Emphasis is given to lighting spaces, in order to meet current needs. The special lighting study includes cold and hot spots from light, recessed lighting and long concealed lighting in all ceilings, walls and furniture.


towards upper floor (10 working stations + 4 bathtubs)

wardrobe

1 working station

2 bathtubs

4 working stations

reception desk

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Residence in Papagou

ARCHITECTURAL VISUALIZATION Athens, 2009 with Olive3 - Architecture & Design

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BREAD & BUTTER Cafe & Restaurant

ARCHITECTURAL VISUALIZATION Athens, 2009 with Olive3 - Architecture & Design

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MERCADO DO Boavista

URBAN DESIGN STUDIO - BOAVISTA, PORTUGAL Universidade Fernando Pessoa - Porto, 2007 Supervisor: Joao Ferreira

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urban fabric

public spaces

street network

OBJECTIVES

THE AXIS-BUILDINGS

THE ESPLANADA AND THE MARKET

My proposal aimed at: > connect in an obvious and dynamic way the regions and neighberhoods that are about to be divided by the avenue or generally areas that are develloped next to the avenue. > integrate the existing buildings in the new urban fabric. > create new public spaces with diferent identity as well as different degree of public character. > create new movements through the city, adressed mainly to pedestrians and cyclists that offer at the same time protection from the weather conditions. 64

The main characteristic of the axis is that they combine buildings, roads and movement for pedestrians. Those axis pass over the new avenue in a form of building-bridges. Those elements mainly target to give a special new character to the area of intervention and at the same time to offer recognition in this place. The intersection points created by the new avenue and those building-bridges create connections between the traffic on the avenue and the rest of the city. stand on the limits of different public spaces that demands different scale and rythm.

Together with the rest of the axis a new esplanada is created along an axis perpendicular to the new avenue crossing the area just above Praca Imprar. In this way is attempted a connection between this area, which is nowadays isolated (as there is no link with any roads), with the new avenue. In the middle of the esplanada there is a summarie of large scale buildings that give the impression to shape the half part of a symmetry. The proposal emphasizes this symmetry by placing some new large scale buildings that complete the symmetrt.


SOUTHERN MATOSINHOS

SETTING

Avenida do Boavista

The region of intervention is located in the area between Praca do Imperio and Boavista Avenue in Porto, Portugal. The goal of this studio was to generate an urban design proposal for a new avenue that connects Praca Imprar with Rua de Boavista and stich together the heterogeneous parts that surround the area.

Rua do Molhe THE NEW AvENUE

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the focused intervention area and the existing

the new avenue

local road axes

the focused intervention area

the new urban districts

symmetry axis shaped by existing and new buildings

FOCUSED INTERVENTION AREA The focused region of intervention is located in the area between Praca do Imperio and rua do Crasto

GENERAL OBJECTIVES The main objective of the proposal was to organize the new public space according to the urban elements that already exist in the intervention area and in this way to integrate the proposal into the existing urban system. The area suffers from lack of identity and urban character, as most of it is just empty fields and is situated among heterogeneous pieces of the city. In conclusion the new urban space that is to be suggested by this proposal should offer to the city, public spaces that will upgrade the whole area and connect it with the surrounding areas.

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Moreover the new avenue should serve its purposes without dividing the area of intervention and at the same time play a significant role in the organization of the new urban spaces that will be created.

OBSERVATIONS AND DESIGN STRATEGIES The large-scale habitation units dominate the central part of the intervention area. Their scale as well as the large free public spaces that surround those buildings defines the starting point for the rest of the urban plan. The few elements that already exist offer some form of organization in the area but is not obvious or seems to be fainted. More specifically, if one focuses on the school complex that is situated at the southern part of the area, can realize that the

strong geometry of the three identical habitation units at the northern edge of the school comlex define an empty space that gives the impression that could be a free public space in front of the school complex. Moreover if one follows the line that starts at the school and move parallel to the three volumes will meet another habitation unit complex that has the same orientation with this line. This line seems to be perfect to organize the whole proposal as it runs through the whole area, integrates into the urban net, elements that seem to be irrelevant and at the same time offers the opportunity to create public spaces that upgrade parts of the area and give perspectives of development.


Longitudinal Section

existing habitation units

commercial centre

parking entrance

existing school complex

habitation unit

the new avenue

roofed market

esplanade

Nevoglidge River

complex with habitation units and offices + commercial zone on the level of the roofed market

covered cafe & restaurants, with openair sitting area.

green area surrounding the new stadium

public space placed over the roofed market among habitation units and in front of the school complex pedestrian bridge connecting the two public squares on both sides of the esplanade

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PERSPECTIvE ASPECT Of THE MARKET

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INTERIOR ASPECT Of THE MARKET AND THE COlUMN STRUCTURES, AllOWING THE lIGHT TO PENETRATE INTO THE SPACE


COMMERCIAl zONE

OffICES

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Bank in Nafplio

ARCHITECTURE STUDIO - NAFPLIO, GREECE NTUA - Athens 2006 Supervisor: Stavros Giftopoulos

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multipurpose room

Perspective Street View

PROPOSAL

The site is located in the historical centre of Nafplio. The vacant site is situated on a wide and busy street and is characterized by the dynamic mixture of the surrounding facades, combining 17th century building as well as contemporary facades .

Key point on the solution proposed, was the placement of the banking section on the upper floor, leaving the multifunctional hall, as well as the café on the ground floor and open to the public. The main idea, fortifies a “back yard”, enclosed within the facades of the bank and this of the 17th century building, offering an open air space to the café & the ground floor hall. As far as the morphology is concerned, there had

The program was divided into two sectors. > The banking facilities, including customer service & management spaces. > A multifunctional space, able to host conferences and various events.

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Section

LOCATION

PROGRAM

cafe

been an attempt to identify and apply a module, within the historical city’s facades. Therefore, both the constructional and functional grid is conducted by this very rhythm imposed by the city. A final and characteristic element of the project is the flexible façade of the multifunctional hall. The front and backside of the hall are equipped with upfolding gates, which act as a gesture of extracting an event towards the backyard, the city, or even both.


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SCHOOL BUILDINg COMPLEX

ARCHITECTURE STUDIO - CHAlANDRI, GREECE NTUA - Athens 2006 Supervisor: Stavros Giftopoulos

QUIET NEIGH BOUR HOOD

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LOCATION

BUILDING PROGRAM

The given site lays next to the busiest street of this suburb of Athens only few km away from downtown. Its oblong shape was crucial for the definition of the main guidelines of the proposal. A short side osculated the busy street, mentioned above. Its opposite side was set within a quiet neighborhood while a long and narrow street all along the third and last free side of the site linked the distance between them.

> 6+6 classrooms for the elementary and junior high . >An art classroom > A music classroom > A library > Restaurant and cooking facilities > Snack bar > Office spaces for teaching and management personnel > Multifunctional hall >Parking lot

THE UNDERGOUND MULTIPURPOSE HALL


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INfORMATICS +ENGlISH lANGUAGE HAll

THE ENTRANCE, THE RESTAURANT AND THE ADMINISTRATION OffICES

THE ClASSROOMS WING

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THREE SECTORS

DESIGN PROPOSAL Our first concern was to manipulate the built and unbuilt environment in such a way so as to achieve the ideal balance between the two conflicting identities of the area: the “busy street” and the “quiet neighborhood”. Therefore, two main gestures were decided: the diagonal axis, which creates two triangles, divides the site in a way so as the first triangle faces the street while the second osculates to the neighorhood. The side selected to host the building was the one away from the neighborhood, acting as a sound

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and disturbance barrier, leaving green space and a sense of ease towards the residential area. A second trasversal line seperates the multifunctional hall, cited over the”busy” side, from the main facilities, acting as a secondary barrier. The overall landscape management of the project, was conducted by a curve. This line, defined two principal landscape elements. An artificial slope, found on the boulevard side, covering the multipurpose hall, and a pit, offering the elementary school an alternative playground.

1. A two storey building containin all the classrooms (six classrooms on each floor) 2. The multifunctional hall (hidden underneath the slope) 3. The in-between three storey building, hosting the management and teaching personel, as well as the restaurant and library of the school. Those three functional variations, feature equal morphological identities. Therefore, the multifunctional hall limits down its scale, being hidden


THE LIBRARY, THE RESTAURANT, AND THE ADMINISTRATION OFFICES under an artificial slope, leaving the sourrounding practically unaffected. The management sectror, hosting the public uses, makes the highest volume of the complex, and it is is consisted of a “folding tape�, offering a dramatic and powerfull identity to the whole copmplex. Finally the main 2 storey building is absolutely linea, emphasizing the longitude of the concept, having a peak on the neighboor side with an extremely acute angle that concludes the entire composition.

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