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mari elena papandreou


marielena papandreou


Marielena Papandreou email: age: 24 current location: Eindhoven, NL tel : +31 (0) 6 19517347

computer knowledge Rhino 3d Grasshopper (& several plug-ins such as: ladybug+honeybee, topopt, firefly etc) Autocad Vray Archicad Artlantis Google sketch up Arduino Draftsight Photoshop InDesign Illustrator

languages English










Native speaker

cv education National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) , school of Architecture

2009/9 - 2016/2

Univesidad Politecnica de Catalunya (UPC), Escola Tècnica Superior d’Arquitectura de Barcelona (ETSAB)

2013/9 - 2014/6

Geitonas School, High school

2006/9 - 2009/6

masters degree in Architecture & Engineering, RIBA part II equivalent, grade: 8.55/10 (excellent, top 5% of class) erasmus programe

grade: 19.8/20 (1st in my class).

practice Assistant Architect at Panos Georganas office, Athens external associate for design and 3d visualization of a cultural space in Beirut, 2 months

Study and Analysis of Tranditional Settlements, research practice for NTUA, Peloponnese-Athens full record of the historical village of Koita in Mani, 5 months

2015/9 - 2015/10 2011/9 - 2012/2

workshops & conferences Flock behaviour & control


workshop @ architektura_parametryczna, Wroclaw, Poland

Shapes of logic


international conference of parametric design, Wroclaw, Poland

3Dprinting algorithms


workshop @ space_under, Athens, Greece

Revitalizing the landscape


workshop @ ETSAB, Barcelona, Spain

competitions & exhibitions Blue Award, International Student Competition for Sustainable Architecture

organised by the Department for Spatial and Sustainable Design from the Vienna University of Technology


Urban Signal, Student Competition by the Hellenic Institute of Architecture, 3rd prize Participation in the exhibition of the Urban Signal Competition @ Benaki Museum.

Experimental Preservation, 120 hours International Architectural Student Competition

student-driven architecture competition @ the Oslo School of Architecture and Design

SNFCC visitors centre, National Student Competition by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation

Participation in the exhibition of the competition of Stavros Niarchos Foundation @ Benaki Museum.

2015 2015 2013

honours Scholarship for the 4th highest admission grade in Architecture nationally Ministry of Education

Award and scholarship for upper level general access to bachelor’s degree under the program of Eurobank “ The great moment for Education “

2009 2009

research interests Kinetic Systems, Robotic fabrication, Additive Manufacturing, Topology Optimization, Computational Design, Responsive Environments, Building Management Systems, Facade retrofitting (daylight optimization), Building technology and innovation, Sustainable architecture - bioclimatic design, Building construction, Interventions and improvement of the natural & human environment

general interests Industrial design, Digital arts, Graphic Design, Audio-Visual Arts, Sketching, Photography, Painting, Literature, Cinema, Traveling, Voluntary actions for the environment and humans, Sports (running, swimming)



academic work

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workshops 63 67 69

academic work





problem A big challenge we face today is the management of dysfunctional building stock of our country. For more than 60% of the buildings, the cost of their restoration and modernization exceed their current market value. The rate of abandonment in some buildings of the city center reach 40% of the total built area. 18% of the buildings are entirely empty, many of which are listed for preservation.

Amidst the devaluated buildings in Athens, there are several structures of special importance, either due to their size and construction quality, or because of the collective memory that is related to them. One of these is the empty shell that used to host the “MINION� department store in the 70s (the 11th largest in size across Europe) – a building which has imprinted strong memories in the conscience of the citizens of Athens and nowadays stands deserted in the heart of the city center. On Christmas Eve of 1980, the building complex suffered irreversible damage by an arson attack and the only thing left was its bearing structure, most of which was reinforced. In 1983, the company operated again, until it went bankrupt and closed permanently after 15 years. Since then many proposals have been made for Minion, such as its reconstruction as a department store, its modification to a hotel, or even its conversion to a ministry, but all were cancelled in the end, due to disagreements among the co-owners.

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m / floor 2

m2/ outdoor space


m2 total


Location / Current Situation The building complex is situated very close to the Omonia station. Scaffolding and cloths, thirty meters in height, indicate the presence of an obsolete built volume in the city center and point out the absence of human activity that prevails in the surrounding area. The once evident commercial colour that dominated the pedestrian roads and the building of study itself, is now limited to neighboring areas. Nevertheless, there is heavy traffic in the district, both pedestrians and cars, during the day, especially in front of Patission avenue.

necessity With the current economic situation, it is becoming increasingly difficult for students to rent an apartment in the city, bringing the number of requests in students’ housing complexes to grow exponentially. Students studying away from their family home are close to 150,000, while the available places in dormitories are just 14,000, to wit the percentage covered does not exceed 9%.

We therefore recommend Minion should welcome the use of students’ residence. This choice is adequate since it is situated close enough to most institutions of the city center and right next to the transportation junction of Omonia. Still, the large size of the building is suitable to accomodate all the functions related to student housing.

students' residences educational institutions


the building & the public space library shared teracce

We propose a scenario of student cohabitation on an experimental basis, in which the people involved would not only reside in the same building, but would co-exist and co-manage their living space The project’s goal is to create a small community. The distribution of activities in space is done through a series of gradual transitions from the public, to the communal spaces, and finally to the private.

communal spaces (living rooms, dining rooms, kitchens)

appartments multi-purpose space restaurant

public square

Strict limits and solid surfaces are avoided as much as possible, in order to enhance communication. Moreover, the student residences are complemented by spaces which are directed to a broader target group, contributing to an organic correlation of residences and urban functions. Issues such as public passages, connections and open spaces are important design parameters. Additionally, we seek openness of the complex, revealing fearlessly its functions to the passengers, inviting them to join and discover it. For this reason, we chose not to dress the facade with a single, closed skin, but to create a composition between gaps and solids, which allow the reading of the functions taking place inside.


We demolish one building of the complex, since it was not restored after the fire and the present cost of reconstruction exceeds a lot its current market value. In this way, a large part of the block is released and our complex is developed around an open space, a square. The building is divided into three zones. The bottom and upper zone involve public functions, while the middle one includes student residences. In the northwest corner we create a restaurant, which is developed on four levels, up to the first floor. On the first floor of the east wing we place a multipurpose space that can house projects either by students or by other groups. This is an open space, which can be divided into rooms with simple movements of panels in order to host diverse activities such as language learning, temporary exhibitions, workshops, and other cultural or educational activities. Access is directly from the square, through an external staircase. Its strong and sculpturing presence aims at strengthening the connection of the public space with the functions located on the first floor. On the seventh floor a public library is situated. The top floor offers the necessary acoustic and visual conditions for concentration and study. 13

students’ residence

The students’ residence is developed on five levels, from the second to the sixth floor. Access from the ground floor is made through two staircases which are addressed only to residents.

At each level there are communal spaces, which include a kitchen, a dining room, a living room and toilets. They are placed around the square, keeping visual contact with the public space. Additionally, they act as corridors, joining together a set of apartments. The 14apartments can accommodate from four to twelve people, depending on the current needs for housing. The final stage of privacy, the individual room, is a self-supporting structure, which can be customized according to the user’s needs.


One of the basic principles that we set was the possibility of spatial transformations, so a range of needs can be covered according to each circumstances. The scenario we propose requires periodic changing of the residents, as the academic studies last for a finite number of years. To meet these requirements, we came to a conclusion that an immutable system of rooms is not enough for our purpose. Consequently, we came to the design of a unit with the ability to move, expand and adapt to the students’ requirements.

In this way, each apartment may acquire different arrangement according to the way the units are mounted, and each unit can acquire different qualities, depending on the panels installed. Each apartment consists of a large open space and, depending on its capacity, it has one to three bathrooms. The shared areas of the apartment can be changed according to the dynamics of the group that resides, moving units in a corresponding manner. 15


The unit consists of a telescopic frame which rests on four wheels for easy transport. At the four sides, panels with different properties are placed by the users. Thus, personal spaces are formed depending on the requirements and personal taste of each resident. The same structure can be used as urban furniture of public space, with the potential of creating resting spots, or even spaces for exhibition and sale of products.

frame expansion stages In the initial position the frame is a rectangular parallelepiped body with dimensions 1.85 x 1.85 x 2.65 m and net area 2.55 m2. In the second stage the frame extends towards one direction and intermediate supports are revealed. The total net area now is 5.1 m2. In the final position the frame extends towards the other direction and the area of the unit becomes 10.2 m2.

panels installation We designed nine different types of panels with different properties, which cover some basic habitation needs such as sleep, storage, study, sitting, and others that offer variant gradations of natural lighting and visibility. Each beam has slots where the panels are placed. The panels are divided into two sizes of 0.80 and 1.60 m width. When the desired size of the unit is decided, initially the supports are secured, then the floor and the ceiling are adjusted and finally the panels are placed on each side.


This system provides a wide range of variations concerning the qualities of the residences. Not only it is impossible to predict what the result each time might be, but also there is always the opportunity for someone to take this one step further by adding something new, like designing a panel with another property.


constructive details & bioclimatic features




Studying the existing frame of the building we faced a number of problems while trying to adjust it to our program. The existing structure has a dense and irregular grid, without being structurally necessary everywhere. On the side of Veranzerou street, we eliminate the entire intermediate piece between the two buildings, and we replace it with a lightweight construction which operates as bridge. We remove the two top floors of the northwest wing, so that the building is better adapted to the scale of the neighborhood, but also to create a shared terrace.

The European Union has set a target on the new buildings to be nearly zero emissions of carbon dioxide (nZEB) by 2020, and for the realization of this goal the bioclimatic design of buildings and the implementation of RES systems are absolutely necessary. In Greece, given the very high solar energy potential, the prospect development by the installation of photovoltaic systems is enormous. 18

physical model photographs photovoltaic panels (370 m2) & solar panels (100 m2) wooden louvers which rotate around a vertical axis on the west side of the library

removal of two floors in the north-east corner better natural lighting and ventilation is achieved

double-glass faรงade on the north side in order to minimize heat loss

sliding sunshade panel system on the south side protecting the interior by the summer sun and uring the winter season, the panels can be gathered on one side and let the sun penetrate

open parts to achieve better air circulation convertible shading system in each apartment through which the users can achieve the desired conditions of thermal comfort and lighting, depending on the season and the orientation




proposal for a student competition, 3rd prize URBAN SIGNAL,STUDENT COMPETITION

BY THE HELLENIC INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTURE location: Athens duration: 4 weeks date: may 2015 In this project the task was to design a wooden construction which carries posters, screens and flyers regarding temporary events and activities that take place in Athens. The two main parameters that needed to be taken into account in the design were its easy construction and deconstruction in order to be moved in different locations in the city and its self-sufficiency in terms of electrical consumption. Instead of applying a pre-existing model of construction, experimentation was attempted in order to reach a form that would be demonstrative to all directions, offering unique views to each of them. With a toolset consisting of absolute symmetry and visual enhancements, an expressive geometry was produced which invites the visitor to wander around it. The minimum coverage of public space, combined with the rise above the ground in a rotative pattern, were considered the apropriate means of installing the structure in various urban environments. The structure is formed by horizontal elements, which rotate about an axis. Starting from the bottom and going to the top, the thickness of these elements gradually decreases, while the distance between them increases, thus the weight is inversely proportional to the height. All pieces are numbered, unique and have holes at specific points through

which cables, 2cm in diameter, pass. The cables are screwed into solid iron base, while the pressure of the bolts on the top of the structure counteracts the wind loads. The inspiration for the aformentioned idea was given by the lighting poles in major highways, which are exposed to strong winds and stability is ensured.through the application of vertical forces in the surface of their base.



pieces to assemble pv panel led tape lights






BARCELONA TENNIS CLUB representacion arquitectonica vi

ESCOLA TECHNICA SUPERIOR DE ARQUITECTURA DE BARCELONA UNIVESIDAD POLITECNICA DE CATALUĂ‘A (ERASMUS) location: Barcelona duration: 4 weeks date: may 2014 This course deals with the learning of Rhinocheros and its plugin Grasshopper. We were given small projects and excersises every week. During the last month we had to apply what we were taught on a specific project. The project was about the design of a seating area and a shading construction of the tennis courts for the Club Real de Tennis de Barcelona. The club includes a set of courts all oriented in the same direction. A model of seats for a single court is proposed, but with the possibility to be extended and serve more than one courts. With the stands on the the north-west side of the court, the cover has to protect the spectators from the south-west sun.


We decided to create a continuum model based on a curve of four parts: a straight curve which is the basis of the stands, a lateral third degree curve to keep the sun from west, and on top, a third and a second degree curve that serve for shading. The first two curves have a fixed layout and the two upper curves have variable lengths and heights that can be altered through Grasshopper.


A variable set of points is evenly distributed along an horizontal axis. The same number of points divide the last two parts of the curve (E-J). The design of the cover has emerged from the vector connecting those two sets of points extended towards the seats. The beams of the structure are placed over those vectors. The beams seem to rotate along a cylin-

der (axis) with their one edge fastened by cables attached to a lower cylinder, which is placed in variable height. Furthermore, the cover of the actual construction is moveable , with the edge of the last beam able to be adjusted in different heights creating different shade to the area below. This structure is covered by a fabric supported by a component that can also vary its height.

L1 > 0.3 _ 0.5 m L2 > 3 _ 5 m L3 > 1_ 1.5 m = L4 H1 > -0.4 _ -0.25 m = H2 h > -0.5 _ 0.1 m H3 > -0.05 _ -0.02 m H4 > -1.8 _-1.5 m N (division points) > 6 _10 cylinder radius > 0.02 _ 0.04 m base beam support > X > 0.08 _ 0.1, Y > 0.25 _ 0.3, Z > 2.6 _ 3.1 m height of top beam components > 1st > 0.1 _ 0.6 m, 2nd > 0.1 _ 0.3 m


adverse scenario

optimistic scenario

points of interest weak connection empty buildings urban zone zone for exploitation zone for conservation delimited zone



ESCOLA TECHNICA SUPERIOR DE ARQUITECTURA DE BARCELONA UNIVESIDAD POLITECNICA DE CATALUĂ‘A (ERASMUS) location: Centelles, Aguafreda (CataluĂąa) duration: 4 months date: sept-dec 2013 In the study area, strong contradictions are noticed between the natural landscape and the urban fabric. Human constructions and infrastructures, often intervene in the landscape violently, while others adapt to it, they respect and make the most of it. Both human constructions (highway, railroad, etc) and the natural landscape (mountains, river) define the border line of the urban expansion. Therefore, contradictions arise due to the evolution of settlements and their changing needs. What is the relationship between the environment and human interventions? Many times, the river (Congost) , if not destroyed, it is blocked from the settlements, because of the highway. Most of these settlements have become from vacation houses to permanent residences. This ensures the continuing growth and changing needs of the natural and artificial landscape. The transformations will continue, but the question is how. In an adverse scenario, the urban fabric will extend unrestricted. However, in an optimistic

scenario, urban cores will change and will have functional and effective interaction with the environment. Information has been collected concerning the residents, activities, constructions, problems and potentials of the area. The standard of living is high, since unemployment rates are low and a large part of the population is involved in services. The saturation of the third sector of production, in combination with the potentials of the region in natural resources, give advantage to strengthen the secondary sector of production with nature related activities and services. The main problems noticed are the following: the degradation of the river by the highway, the expansion of the artificial environment, several weak connection points of the settlements with the river and finally, many empty buildings-establishments within the residential and the industrial areas. These buildings should shelter uses according to their locations, so that they meet the needs of the residents and also promote and respect the environment.


This map shows the existing uses of the buildings, in relation to our proposal.

This map is the result of the uses and the activities suggested, and how they could work with the current situation. Communication between the two settlements is encouraged, as well as, their characteristics are highlighted.

terrain analysis

Along the route, which refers to both pedestrians and cyclists, the visitors are connected with the qualities of the landscape and have the chance to take part in different agricultural activities.


These 4 areas are points to be studied in greater detail because they show: 1.The centre of Centelles (buildings, open spaces) 2. Where the route intersects with streets 3. The path near the river (activities) 4. The centre in Aiguafreda (buildings, open spaces, equipment)

The creation of a network is suggested that makes most of both the qualities of nature and the empty buildings that remain unused. Thus we create points of interest that will attract mainly young people (students and children), who aim to learn about ecology, agriculture and the environment in general. The total program will be followed by activities (educational, recreational, sports) using the existing and the new facilities of the proposal.


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MUSEUM OF THE CITY OF ATHENS design studio viii

NATIONAL TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS DEPARTMENT OF ARCHITECTURAL ENGINEERING location: Athens duration: 6 months date: jan -jun 2013 "Topos" (=place) is the main factor for the synthetic treatment of a building, as it is a whole that exudes a character, or better an "atmosphere". Especially in the case of this building that is the museum of the city of Athens, the parameter of place (topos) has a dual significance. Athens is interpreted as a system of relations and some of which are placed in our building. The planning regulations speak of a "continuous front" in the city, in order to "maintain continuity" of the urban space, but what is the result after all? Surely these rules have shaped the image of our city. However, the museum will not implement them faithfully, not necessarily to overthrow them, but mainly to highlight them. For this reason it is placed in the center of the plot, rather than its edges. The unbuilt land area is distributed around it and with views in every direction. The blind wall of the neighboring building that exists in the plot is kept as part of the whole museum since we believe that Athens is one of the few cities that reveal its history. The traces of the past in the blind walls of the present.The adjacent neoclassical building and the ceramic roofs which dominate in the mosaic of our city block, prompted us to create a space for our permanent exhibition in proportions similar to the adjacent building. A space referring to the character of the area. But this space “is cut� from the rest of the building so strongly, like a small, old Athenian house from a 6-storey block of flats.

At the same time, the anarchy which is obvious in every neighborhood and district of Athens, where there are no visible boundaries, or signs of identity, is to be seen on the facades of the museum. The multiplicity and diversity prevails over the building, but so does over our city.



An olive tree, symbol of Athena, defines the path that one should take to get down to the permanent exhibition. The ancient wall is found at the bottom of a contemporary architectural space. Visitors start from the basement and continue to the upper floors, gradually learning the history of Athens. When they reach their final destination, the foyer of the auditorium, they see the actual city from various frames.

front & back facade detail





auditorium foyer exit of permanet exhibition (view of the city)

entrance of permanet exhibition (view of the olive tree)


temporary exhibition

restaurant library library auditorium foyer permanent exhibition

section b-b

section a-a



temporary exhibition

temporary exhibition

level 3-4

level 5

auditorium foyer

permanent exhibition


level 1

level 2

information administration offices gift shop

permanent exhibition

level -1

permanent exhibition

level 0



bearing structure

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SNFCC VISITORS CENTRE proposal for a student competition NATIONAL STUDENT COMPETITION BY THE STAVROS NIARHOS FOUNDATION location: Athens duration: 1month date: jan - feb 2013 We started this project with special concern about all that man has forgotten over the past decades when designing and intervening space. The evolution of ecological thinking and science has helped us to formulate objectives in the design, taking into account economic, social and environmental parameters to ensure the energy and functional efficiency of this small building. The priorities arise through the redefinition of values and principles from the experience of the past. The return to values and principles of yesterday means a return to the human scale and repositioning man and nature in the center of the design. Crucial role in minimizing the environmental impact has the correct design. The form of the building, its orientation, the size of the openings (depending on orientation) and the structure of the different functions are all conformed to the principles of bioclimatic design. The approach seeks for ways to harness the above in order to synthesize a whole, whose individual elements collaborate in the interest of optimum performance. By placing the functions into two zones parallel to the walkway on the esplanade,we created a patio in between, to which all areas of the visitor's center are addressed. It is attempted to reinforce the use of open space with both the formation of shapes and the potential use of the outdoor spaces 24 hours a day. Fur-

thermore, the "flow" in space is a factor that played a major role in the synthesis of the structrure. It is created by gaps and integrated by the visual contact and the movement in space. Visitors will find a path that gradually reveals them the different qualities of both the building and its surroundings. In search of spaces which work like links, we tried to find out the right relationship between "voids" and "closed spaces" for the performance of gradual transitions among different parts of the building. The main entrance to the building is such an example, as it is achieved via a semi-open space, which functions like a filter between the "closed" areas and leads towards the exhibition hall, the information desk as well as the patio.


Another factor taken into consideration, is the relationship between interior and exterior. This justifies the treatment of both information area and conference hall, which have been designed in such a way so as to have the possibility to open and be unified with the outdoors. This


gives users the option to adjust the space according to the situation, the the needs and the weather conditions. When the space is open the projections can take place on the wall. The idea of this adaptability can enable the visitor’s center to become an extremely vivid place.


facade detail


ramp detail



LIFEGUARD’S OBSERVATORY bulding technology iv

NATIONAL TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS DEPARTMENT OF ARCHITECTURAL ENGINEERING location: Peloponnesus duration: 4 months date: feb - may 2012 In this course we were asked to design a wooden construction that would serve the purpose of a lifeguard’s observatory, as well as a changing room for a beach in Peloponnesus. We were searching for a direct and fast descent, in which the lifeguard would not lose visual contact with his target and that would lead him directly to the sea. The proposed structure functions based on the persons’ weight and the speed which develops as he descends. The

solution works similar to a seesaw, but instead of having the weight of one person in each side, we have on the one side the lifeguard’s weight and on the other side a spring. The reset of this special seesaw is caused by a hydraulic suspension, instead of a simple spring, in order to ensure a smooth transition that is essential for the safety of the structure and the avoidance of dynamic loads.



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stages of construction

seat, hinge & spring details



BIOCLIMATIC RESIDENCE bulding technology iii

NATIONAL TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS DEPARTMENT OF ARCHITECTURAL ENGINEERING location: Athens duration: 4 months date: oct 2011- jan 2012 In this project, we had to design a house with 2 bedrooms, a living room and a kitchen out of a rectangle of 6x12m. This house should make the best use of the climatic conditions. We “cut� the rectangle in a direction indicating the north in order to permit the air to flow, as well as to create two volumes. By lifting the eastern volume beyond the ground level, we created an outdoor space where the residents can have a very pleasant stay during the summer months. On the ground floor we place the kitchen and the dinning room. The living room and the master bedroom are situated on the first floor and finally the second

bedroom is found on the last floor. At the south facade we place horizontal louvers to avoid the sun during the summer months. They have the ability to rotate and let the sun pass during the winter months when it is essential. The size of the openings has been chosen acording to their orientation. The staircase, which is placed between the two volumes is covered with glass, which can open during the summer months and let the wind flow. Finally the roof of the living room is also made out of glass, but it is also covered by 2 sliding insulated panels which can close when needed to provide the necessary indoor conditions.



glass - panel joint detail

exterior corner detail

level 2

glass roof &insulated panels detail

level 1 exterior space

interior space

level 0










experimental preservation 120 HOURS STUDENT COMPETITION location: Svalbard duration: 120 hours/5days date: march 2015

Far to the North, on the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard, lies the deserted Russian coal-mining settlement of Pyramiden. Formerly a prosperous community and a model of Russian endeavor and enterprise in the Arctic. Alll was brought to a sudden halt with the abrupt closure of its mines in the spring of 1998. Over the next two months, the entire settlement was evacuated, leaving behind an entire town as if frozen in time. Under the current practice of architectural preservation, the deserted town of Pyramiden could easily be sentenced to serve as yet another retroactive collection of outdoor museum pieces. The task was to question this ap proach and develop new perceptions and novel ideas and to experiment with concepts and programs for the preservation of Pyramiden that break the dictum of current practices. Instead of zooming into the human interventions of a specific period, we decided to zoom out, giving a broader image of the impact of time. In an attempt to discharge the

material from the value applied to it, we chose to “hide�, at least at first sight, the settlement. Gradual transitions reveal what this place used to be, what it became and what it could become. Nothing is subtracted, yet everything appears to be absent. A game of alternations takes place, through which, the qualities of the location are concealed, but also highlighted where needed. The former vessels of life are kept immutable. The material with which they are covered, is used in order to keep a thin balance between the visible and the invisible. As the visitor moves on the perimeter, he only sees the landscape. It is only when he reaches the core that the settlement is revealed to him. The aim of this particular intervention is also to underline the greatest carrier of memory; the ground. Despite the passage of time, the effects of human activity, such as the excavation of the mountain and the lawn planted, will always be there, ready to recount their story.



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arquitectura y arquitectura del paisaje introduction al paisajismo ESCOLA TECHNICA SUPERIOR DE ARQUITECTURA DE BARCELONA UNIVESIDAD POLITECNICA DE CATALUĂ‘A (ERASMUS) location: HuangShi, China duration: 7 days date: november 2013 This project is the result of a workshop that took place in Barcelona, in colaboration with the Chinese University of Landscape Design Lasa Thu. The subject is the rehabilitation of the area surrounding an old cement factory. The site is located in TieShan District in HuangShi City of HuBei Province. The main focus of the study was the design of the open area among the buildings.

etsab-group members: valentina bernal, ross perez, marc reniu, andriana abbatino, papandreou maria-eleni lasa thu-group members: li xuefei, liu yonghuan, wang Lei, Zhang Dong


functional zone partition


After removing some of the building volumes, the outdoor spaces left between the rest of the buildings are of great importance. The design of the main square is simple and tries to point out the identity of this place. On the northern part where the traffic is more intense the floor is kept hard, of industrial material, permitting the people’s movement, while on the southern part, where more tranquility is required, a slope with trees is created. Apart from revitalizing the natural landscape, the rehabilitation of the building facilities is proposed with a variety of functions (after selecting what is necessary and what is not). A restaurant,a hotel and a soho (office centre) are the uses placed on

the southern side, so the water and the lifting of the ground create a rather quite atmosphere, in contrast to the busy and noisy commercial centre on the northern side. Iron, cement, rock and clay are the dominant materials of the project , taken straight from the site. Former machinery of the factory which is found, is maintained as a sculpture in the outdoor space of the main square. A metallic corridor is lifting you, with a small slope, 3 m. above the ground level on the southeast corner of the square. There, one can observe the outdoor space from an upper level. Significant elements, which remind us of the identity of the space, are the memorial columns (the only

thing kept of a former building) Moreover, the water, apart from acting as a dividing element, permits the reflection of the surrounding buildings emphasizing their importance. Last but not least, the wall supporting the artificial slope will demonstrate a variety of materials that are strongly attached to the previous factory.





OFFICE FOR PRACTICE AND RESEARCH location: Athens duration: 3 days date: feb 2015 In this workshop daniel picker’s aether algorithm was used in order to create a spatially varying field around certain curves and convert it to an isosurface. Slic3r software was used in order to convert the geometry into a g-code that the 3d printer could read and give us the final result, which ended up as a pencil case for my desk!




ARCHITEKTURA PARAMETRYZNA location: Wroclaw duration: 5 days date: mar 2015

In this workshop we had to design an interactive installation using kinect and several plug-ins for Grasshopper. My script provides an audio-visual effect based on the movement of the spectator. A set of lines is projected on a wall. When nobody is in front of the wall, they stay still in vertical position. As soon as a person stands in

front of them 3 points of the body are tracked, a middle one and two of each hand. Two curves are activated based on the location of the person. His hands become the control points of those curves. When there is movement, the lines start to deform and sounds emerge according to this movement.


Architecture Portfolio Marielena Papandreou 2011-2016