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..MIKELA DE TCHAVES.. Architect portfolio 2007-2013


the role of architectura

city in chal a lv e o


overcoming th

M I K E L A D E TCH AV E S N at i o n a l Te c h n i c a l U n i v e r s i t y o f At h e n s agiou timotheou 11, athens, 15236, Greece | c a n d i d at e f o r t h e S M A r c h S i n A r c h i t e c t u r a l D e s i g n | M I T

i l s c a p e : t r a c i n g r o u t e s o f r a i l h i s to r y

a l c o m p e t i t i o n s i n s h a p i n g p u b l i c s pa c e

l l e n g e : r e i n t e g r at i o n c e n t e r i n b i l b a o l o 2 : i n t e r c h a n g e , ox yg e n at i o n , e n e r g y

m o z a m b i q u e : R e c o v e r i n g t h e i n u n d at e d u r b a n pa r k i n t h e c e n t e r o f at h e n s reclaiming the seafront

he boundaries: designing the informal yo u n g fa s h i o n d e s i g n e r s ’ a g o r a l i g h t h o u s e pav i l i o n r e t h i n k a n c i e n t o ly m p i a h o u s i n g c o m p l e x i n m y ko n o s kumasi transport terminal D[W]orm the moving body f i lt e r i n g t h e l i g h t

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urban design

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l andscape design

rai l S C A P E : tracing r o utes o f rai l h ist o r y F I N A L THE S I S p r o j e c t | ntua | 2013

instructor: Babalou Bouki c o l l a b o r ato r s : Ya n n o u l ato u A n g e l i c a , Ko u t s o u ko u M a r i t i n a

pa r t i c i pat i o n : c o n c e p t, d e s i g n , v i s u a l r e p r e s e n tat i o n , p h y s i c a l m o d e l i n g

Inspired by the natural and cultural richness of the Peloponnese, and how it unfolds along its rail network, this project tries to examine the reinterpretation of railways as channel of cultural and recreational mobile generators. By proposing the reclamation and revival of the network, which is held in abeyance since 2011, the project aims to pass on to the visitor the experience of travelling by train through the Peloponnese, while creating a museum that traces and preserves its history so far. The proposal consists of a route with a starting point and a journey by train to a point of great importance for the history of the network, where the main part of the intervention is located.

exhibition of train models view to the tablel and and the olive cultivations

Greek railway network

Peloponnese meter gauge line inactive 480 km active 30km suburban railway 129 km suburban railway under construction 70 km rack railway 22km

achl adokambos

physical model of the intervention in achl adokambos

cycle-draisine route in the gorge

masterpl an of the open-air rail museum

achl adokambos 5.036 m 2 exhibition educational programs cafe shop rail-cycle draisine track storage WC


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Myli 7.414 m 2 reception train route starting point exhibition library-archive administration storage WC


steam-motion section

diesel-motion section

steam-motion section

entrance level | arrival and departure point

vertical rails in decreasing distances create a sense of acceleration as we pass from steam to diesel μοτιον exhibition

successive cross sections | rel ationship between visitor, exhibit and rock

starting point | exhibition of steam engine function

ending point | exibhition of railway suspension

entering the rock cavity | exhibition of diesel engine function


T H E R OL E OF A R C H I T E C T U R A L C O M P E T I T I O N S I N S H A P I N G P U B L I C S PA C E RE S E A RCH THE S I S | ntua | 2012

instructor: Micha Irini c o l l a b o r ato r : Ya n n o u l ato u A n g e l i c a

pa r t i c i pat i o n : r e s e a r c h , t e x t s , v i s u a l r e p r e s e n tat i o n , l e c t u r e

The present paper explores the role of architectural competitions in shaping public space in the center of Athens, as well as their position among other official design strategies. It investigates both

what is dictated by law and how that is implemented in practice by the institutions involved. A number of public squares

in the Historical Center of Athens are chosen as a tool for this case study, these being, conceptually and geographically, defined expressions of the broad spectrum of public space. The research was triggered by the recent shift in the general interest towards public space, which is expressed in various ways, combined with the reinstatement of architectural competitions, especially in the new design and political strategies for the city of Athens.

26 selected public squares for documentation of their course of development [1832-2011]

the 3 statutory procedures for the assignment of a project


selection of a certain number of competitors

I. open call for expression of interest



selection of a proposal by the promoter

submission of supporting documents

submission of design proposal s

assignment of the project

selection of a proposal by a board of assessors

II. notice of architectural competition


submission of design proposal s

assignment of the project

selection of a competitor by the promoter


under construction

number of proclaimed competitions per county

open call for expression of interest

submission of supporting documents

direct assignment of the project

“ These are the results of a retrospective through the shaping of public space in Athens from 1980 to 2011. Each one of them, when examined more closely through the way it was executed, has particular characteristics and ultimately leads to further disparagement of the institution. No consistent tactic can be detected as to which projects have been considered “worthy ” of competitions,

often concerned interventions that aimed to promote the image of the city rather than solve complex social situations.

however they have


The statistics for Greece and the course of its architectural production demonstrate that architectural competitions have not yet secured their position among formal planning processes. Very few competitions are launched, while the legal framework that defines the allocation procedures provides competent authorities with “more direct ” alternatives.”


[excerpt from dissertation]

contents introduction starting point | development architectural competitions Definition Legislative History Statistical Data Critique

Initially, we attempt a retrospective analysis of architectural competitions in Greece, focusing on those concerning public space.

squares Objective Characteristics and Course of Formation Correlations Stakeholders Ιnstitutional Frameworks and Established Procedures

Subsequently, the objective characteristics and the course of development (18322011) of the 26 public squares chosen are documented, in order to identify the institutions involved and design procedures followed in each case. What results from the above is that the number of architectural competitions concerning public space is substantially small, as, in most cases, other commissioning methods are preferred.

competitions for squares Varvaki Square Klafthmonos Square Greek Artists’ Square Kotzia Square Syntagma, Omonia, Monastiraki and Koumoundourou Squares Theater Square Athens x 4

We review the 10 competitions for public squares that have taken place in the last 30 years, attempting to interpret the rarity of their use, through potential common characteristics in their subjects or in the conditions under which they were launched. Finally, we are led to the conclusion that these do not exist, since each one of these competitions is a case on its own. Nevertheless, the study of these competitions highlights elements which, on the one hand, derive from the everdecreasing perceived value of such competitions, while sustaining this perception, on the other.


‘‘Architectural competitions resemble to democracy. They have several deficiencies (failures are common). However, there is no better system or more objective procedure for the commissioning of a project.’’ G. Kalantides



ANd what shall we do there ?


C I T Y I N C H A LL E N G E : reintegrati o n center in B i l ba o A RCHITECT U R A L d e s i g n s t ud i o 9 | E T S A M | 2010

social residences

instructor: Maroto Javier c o l l a b o r ato r s : A u t e Pat r i c i a , E r i c e J a i m e , E m o l a n o J o n

pa r t i c i pat i o n : c o n c e p t, d e s i g n , v i s u a l r e p r e s e n tat i o n , p h y s i c a l m o d e l i n g

The project transforms a former industrial site in the outskirts of Bilbao into a multi-use social center for the reintegration of marginalized social groups, such as families in crisis, unemployed young people, immigrants, former drug users etc. Situated near the new bridge of Sestao and along the river bank, the intervention occupies voids and abandoned warehouses, to create small centralities of public activity and a network of spaces degrading in floorplan and section from the most public to the most private, in order to succeed the reinstatement of the inhabitants through a relationship with the city.

open-air library public space

The new complex includes a wide range of uses and facilities [social seeds] that aim to provide for the users points of encounter, gathering, sharing, learning, professional training and exchange. Towards the river the relationship with the city takes place through public spaces, an open-air library and a market. Ascending floors and approaching the part of the forest more private uses replace the public ones reaching the ultmate point of the intervention, the social residences. Two different types of residences serve the different needs of the users respecting their familiar status (singles, couples, families) and their ability to reside with other members of the community.

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some of the warehous

clinic therapy classes

nursery home laundry service

exhibition workshops

restaurant cafe

theater workshops

masterpl an

market administration

sketch of the strip concept

physical boundaries

breaking the boundaries

strips | section forest private



public river forest road river

unifying 3 levels connecting with the city

continuity dynamic public space

the old river front ses are rehabilitated and introduced with new uses to preserve the axis that marks the direction and the vertebra of the intervention

analysis of residences CONTACT WITH THE CITY

Public: _theater _expositions _dinning hall _library _market _nursery _locutorio _playground

Semipublic: _workshops _therapy classrooms _clinic _vegetable garden _reception

second phase residences


Private: _transition residencies _residencies for monitors


Semiprivate: _communal areas


therapy + rehabilitation

transition residency

communal areas

dinning hall / cafeteria

activity workshops

laundry service

vegetable garden



residency for monitors

3d or m

reception, info, archive




economic motor



“afternoon souk�


dinning hall / cafeteria

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theater > commercial:


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sections of the “stripes�

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phase residences

the new river front | longitudinal section


a lv e o l o 2 : interc h ange , o x y genati o n , energ y pa r am e t r i c a r c h i t e c t u r e s t ud i o | etsam | 2011

insrtuctor: Ballesteros Jose c o l l a b o r ato r s : D o n e s A l e j a n d r o, G a r r i d o M a r

pa r t i c i pat i o n : c o n c e p t, pa r a m e t r i c d e s i g n , v i s u a l r e p r e s e n tat i o n , v i d e o

The purpose of this project is to provide an artificial “lung � to the city of Madrid. A vehicle exchanger and energy productor is placed at the southern junction of the highways M-30 and A-4 that connect Madrid with Andalusia. Filling the voids between the lanes and along their edges the structure forms spaces where combustion cars are parked to be replaced by electric ones and drivers of electric cars can charge their batteries. The proposal swaps CO 2 with Oxygen through natural and artificial mechanisms that filter and purify the polluted air. Its skin consists of flaps that used both for filtering and absorption of solar energy. The whole structure functions as a pulmonary alveoli, a point of interchange, oxygenation and energy producer for the city at its most needed part.

Alveolar installations made of a single material create lightweight and breathable alveolar fields through, their grouping and deformation [constructions by Tara Donovan] alveol ar fields

experimentations on el astic membrane

Interchange Alveoli: Combustion car to electric car exchangers

Atmospheric Alveoli: _solar energy collectors _electric energy producers _air filters

Pedestrian connecion between “ Tierno Galvan” parque and its southern extention

Free surfaces between car lanes

N alveol ar organization



“pulmon” location / function

obtener la maxima cantidad de energia OBJETIVO INVIERNO obtener la maxima exposicion al sol sobre la envolvente del edificio VERANO

(Consideramos superficie en sombra la que tiene una irradiancia < 20 W/m2) DATOS DEL EDIFICIO compacidad (V/A m‐1) [C > 2 = Buena] 2,24 Superficie total envolvente (m2) 41426,30 DATOS DE  VERANO 2

Superficie en sombra (m ) 19422,36 2

Superficie en sol (m ) INVIERNO

21787,52 Radiacion  sobre paneles solares  el 31 de julio(W) 5632208,34 DATOS DE INVIERNO

proyectos de arquitectura parametrica Superficie en sombra (m2)


ficha de resultados 22970,03

ensayos de radiacion OBJETIVO VERANO Superficie en sol (m2) obtener la maxima exposicion al sol y tambien un procedimiento dinamico  para obtener la maxima sombra 18239,86 obtener la maxima cantidad de energia Radiacion total  sobre el edificio el 12 de febrero (W) OBJETIVO INVIERNO 3691530,47 obtener la maxima exposicion al sol sobre la envolvente del edificio VERANO

(Consideramos superficie en sombra la que tiene una irradiancia < 20 W/m2) DATOS DEL EDIFICIO compacidad (V/A m‐1) [C > 2 = Buena] 2,41 Superficie total envolvente (m2) 65067,07 DATOS DE  VERANO Superficie en sombra (m2) 32170,88 Superficie en sol (m2)


32873,73 Radiacion  sobre paneles solares  el 31 de julio(W) 9133663,01 DATOS DE INVIERNO

proyectos de arquitectura parametrica Superficie en sombra (m2)


ficha de resultados 36810,75

ensayos de radiacion OBJETIVO VERANO Superficie en sol (m2) obtener la maxima exposicion al sol y tambien un procedimiento dinamico  para obtener la maxima sombra 28233,86 obtener la maxima cantidad de energia Radiacion total  sobre el edificio el 12 de febrero (W) OBJETIVO INVIERNO 5827061,74 obtener la maxima exposicion al sol sobre la envolvente del edificio VERANO

(Consideramos superficie en sombra la que tiene una irradiancia < 20 W/m2) DATOS DEL EDIFICIO compacidad (V/A m‐1) [C > 2 = Buena] 2,88 Superficie total envolvente (m2) 89664,46 DATOS DE  VERANO 2

Superficie en sombra (m ) 44574,95 2

Superficie en sol (m ) INVIERNO

45037,09 Radiacion  sobre paneles solares  el 31 de julio(W) 12467239,51 DATOS DE INVIERNO

proyectos de arquitectura parametrica Superficie en sombra (m2)


ficha de resultados 52952,81

ensayos de radiacion OBJETIVO VERANO Superficie en sol (m2) obtener la maxima exposicion al sol y tambien un procedimiento dinamico  para obtener la maxima sombra 36659,23 obtener la maxima cantidad de energia Radiacion total  sobre el edificio el 12 de febrero (W) OBJETIVO INVIERNO 7875926,91 obtener la maxima exposicion al sol sobre la envolvente del edificio VERANO

(Consideramos superficie en sombra la que tiene una irradiancia < 20 W/m2) DATOS DEL EDIFICIO compacidad (V/A m‐1) [C > 2 = Buena] 3,06 Superficie total envolvente (m2) 191847,31 DATOS DE  VERANO Superficie en sombra (m2) 97515,92 Superficie en sol (m2)


94003,97 Radiacion  sobre paneles solares  el 31 de julio(W) 19785424,11 DATOS DE INVIERNO Superficie en sombra (m2)

proyectos de arquitectura parametrica Superficie en sol (m2)



ficha de resultados 81020,44 ensayos de radiacion Radiacion total  sobre el edificio el 12 de febrero (W) OBJETIVO VERANO 14432668,64 obtener la maxima exposicion al sol y tambien un procedimiento dinamico  para obtener la maxima sombra obtener la maxima cantidad de energia OBJETIVO INVIERNO obtener la maxima exposicion al sol sobre la envolvente del edificio VERANO

The “alveoli” are situated between the car lanes. Their final dimensions and form are determined parametrically through the solar evaluation and the evaluation of interconnectivity. sol ar evaluation prototypes

(Consideramos superficie en sombra la que tiene una irradiancia < 20 W/m2) DATOS DEL EDIFICIO compacidad (V/A m‐1) [C > 2 = Buena] 3,03 Superficie total envolvente (m2) 107365,95 DATOS DE  VERANO Superficie en sombra (m2) 53474,09 Superficie en sol (m2)


53792,55 Radiacion  sobre paneles solares  el 31 de julio(W) 13602127,57 DATOS DE INVIERNO Superficie en sombra (m2) 62507,92 Superficie en sol (m2) 44758,73 Radiacion total  sobre el edificio el 12 de febrero (W) 8880793,79

The resulting form is a combination of the optimum solar efficiency and the shorter connections between the alveoli. final prototype: optimum

types of thermodynamic alveoli

Vegetal Alveolus

Water Alveolus

Air + Water Alveolus

- Climbing plants. Natural absorption mechanism of CO 2 and O 2 obtainment

- Floor with reliefs and flood-able depressions

- Ventilators filtering polluted air

- Irrigating spray mechanisms

- Elevated openings that filter contaminated air deriving from the street level

- Water and soap bubble sprinklers - Water dispenser and Sprinklers

- Rainwater tank integrated in the floor that pumps water to the sprinklers and ventilators

final form

Filtering skin with solar sensors - Hexagonal photovoltaic panels with automatic solar orientation for optimum energy absorption. Panels facing the south are fixed and positioned to enable the filtering of contaminated air

urban design

m o z ambi q ue : R ec o vering t h e inundated B as i c h ab i tab i l i t y s t ud i o | etsam | 2011

insrtuctor: Colavidas Felipe c o l l a b o r ato r s : M at ta r A l e s s a n d r a , Te r r a d o s L a u r a , R oy u e l a S a r a pa r t i c i pat i o n : c o n c e p t, d e s i g n , v i s u a l r e p r e s e n tat i o n

The main goal of the project is to ameliorate the life conditions of the dispersed populations affected by the floods of Matola (province of Maputo, Mozambique) through a non-vulnerable rural emplacement, well communicated and optimal for future growth. The proposal consists of a change in the zoning system of the plan of the City of Matola through a redistribusion of the uses around three main urban nodes that will serve as starting points for the future development of the urban tissue. Furthermore, we propose a new subdivision and parceling that respects the existing networks, assimilates green areas and voids transforming them to future public spaces and premeditates the process of future urbanization of the area in four fases of transformation-splitting, from the rural block to more dense urban parcels. Finally, an example of basic dwelling is proposed aimed to prevent the razing of the constructions by the floods and the contagion of diseases through mosquitos.

facilities / wells

rural parcel

green zones

semi-urban parcel

present situation surrounding the development

commercial axes / markets

urban parcel



roads vegetation buildings

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preserved elements

transformed elements

operation area

subdivision adapted to the existing


phase 1

complete plan ma jor axes / centralities

phase 2

phase 3 phase 4 urbanization progress

complete parcelation

parcel ation

rural parcel

semi-urban parcel

urban parcel

composting latrines: human faeces, soil and ash are transformed into a vegetal fertilizer

living room

bed rooms family gardens and fruit tree groves : serve as a mechanism of natural products supply, commercialization, and soil regeneration/fertilization


bath room single dwelling

dwelling 1

garden 1

garden 2

dwelling 2







metal joints

mosquito net



wood 2’x4’ 2’x6’

adobe bricks 24x12x5.4

concrete blocks 50x20x20

adobe concrete 25cm

wooden piles diameter 10cm

clustering after parcel division



in h abit

roof truss

vertical wall erection

pilar placement

foundation adobe placement



urban design

U rban Park in t h e center o f At h ens u r ban d e s i g n s t ud i o 8 a | N T U A | 2010

instructors: Haidopoulos George, Pagonis Thanos c o l l a b o r ato r s : Ya n n o u l ato u A n g e l i c a , R a b b at L u c i e , R o i d i M a r i l i a

Located in the heart of the city, between the national garden, the ancient temple of Olympian Zeus and the Panathenaic Stadium (Kallimarmaro), the area of study seems isolated by the heavy traffic of the surrounding streets, and fragmented internally because of the physical distinction of its different uses. The proposal seeks to re-connect the area with the rest of the city and the Grand Promenade that unifies Athensâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Archaeological Sites and revitalize its inactive spaces. The main axis of the national garden is extended to articulate a green promenade crossing a series of green areas with different recreational opportunities and diverse types of vegetation inspired by the self-seeded surrounding landscape and focused on native species with different bloom times. The main street that separates the area from the national garden [Vasilisis Olgas street] is transformed into a pedestrian crossed by the tram and the existing sport utilities are relocated and opened to the public.

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pa r t i c i pat i o n : c o n c e p t, d e s i g n , v i s u a l r e p r e s e n tat i o n , p h y s i c a l m o d e l i n g



o menade

national garden

panaenaic stadium

vasilisis olgas st. turned into a pedestrian as a continuation of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Grande Promenadeâ&#x20AC;?

transition zone / urban to natural


open air theatre / forest

pic-nic zone / high and dense vegetation



entrance square from Dionisiou Areopagitou / â&#x20AC;&#x153;organizedâ&#x20AC;? green

leisure zone / low and sparse vegetation

urban cultivation zone / citrus crops


resting zone / informal square + citrus product shop

repeated wooden elements create urban furniture throughout the intervention

urban design

rec l aiming t h e sea f r o nt u r ban d e s i g n s t ud i o 7 a | N T U A | 2009

insrtuctor: Micha Irini c o l l a b o r ato r s : Ya n n o u l ato u A n g e l i c a , R a b b at L u c i e , R o i d i M a r i l i a pa r t i c i pat i o n : c o n c e p t, d e s i g n , v i s u a l r e p r e s e n tat i o n

The project explores the reintegration of a crucial area of the city of Chalkida (Greece) formerly occupied by a Military School. Its big size and location next to the seafront block the neighbouring areas from benefiting from the proximity to the sea. The proposal aims to alleviate the lack of green areas in the city center and the abandonment of the coastline and provide new job opportunities and educational facilities. While maintaining the scale of the surroundings, it intends to continue the urban fabric through a street and pedestrian network with varying qualities and the mix of the uses to gradually interweave zones of different character. The proposed blocks, uses, public spaces, and street network form a framework in which the city can expand to occupy this new area respecting the existing environment, topography, city life and needs.



initial condition



cinema theat


new equilibrium | smooth transition


l m tur ir a ro l r bu | ild w i at n g er




ke bl te ic r sp rac ac e e o pu ld bl m ic bu sc ilit il ho ar on din ol y g e w ay st re et bi ke


city continuation zone

food market

business premises


public-cultural zone

The two buildings of the former Military School are preserved to host cultural uses that refer to the whole city and the neighbouring schools.

social housing zone

Interweaving with the aforementioned zone, the social housing prevent the prices from rising. 60m 2 housing units, communal spaces and vegetable gardens are linked to the city by assimilating the existing network

city continuation zone

The city enters the intervention area gradually starting from blocks with exclusively private housing use to blocks with mixed use, leading to purely commercial blocks towards the seafront.

sea front zone

The seafront is widened hosting touristic, recreational and commercial activities. Containers are used as reminders of the former commercial importance of the port. Their ephemeral character is ideal for the coast-line and their arrangement variations wide as to accommodate different uses.

the old stone-buildings of the military school are converted into the social chore of the area inviting all kinds of residents

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ma tre

public-cultural zone

sea front zone

housing and mixed use | small industry

urban design

Overc o ming t h e B o undaries : designing t h e in f o rma l B r i n g i n g t h e c i t y t o g e t h e r : S pa c i al i n t e r v e n t i o ns i n t i r ana r e s i d e n t i al a r e as | tirana w o rks h o p | 2009

insrtuctors: Penny Koutrolikou, Thanos Pagonis, Petros Phokaides, Loukas Triantis, Fereniki Vatavali, Besnik Alia j, Sotir Dhamo, Jul jan Veleshnja c o l l a b o r ato r s : Ya n n o u l ato u A n g e l i c a , R o i d i M a r i l i a , H s i m i E v i n a The study area is located in one of the most important urban sectors of Tirana confined by the Tirana-Durres axis, Lana River and the two ring roads. Following the workshopâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s intention to focus on the spatial and social connections within the study area and between the area and its surroundings, the proposal intents to overcome the role of boundaries either by making them permeable or by negating them completely. The plethora of dead-ends that add to the fragmentation of the area dictate an improved circulation network to facilitate accessibility and communication of existing poles of life and create new ones. The big void of the old airport area serves as a point of expansion of the educational center next to it as well as an open space for the wider area. The river boundary is overcomed through transverse connections, a linear park and walk area along the bank and the use of conterminous voids for urban farming.

urban park referring to the whole city

formed green areas and squares with public buildings

residencial area and green spaces

alternative uses of the void

primary road secondary road

green area

one-way local distributors woonerfs pedestrian streets + small public spaces

public services open space

urban agriculture

informal housing case study

proposed masterpl an


y o ung F A S H I O N designers ’ ag o ra A RCHITECT U R A L d e s i g n s t ud i o 8 | N T U A | 2009-2010

instructors: Moraitis Kostas, Marda Nelly c o l l a b o r ato r s : B o u r o u K a r o l i n a , R o i d i M a r i l i a

pa r t i c i pat i o n : c o n c e p t, d e s i g n , v i s u a l r e p r e s e n tat i o n , p h y s i c a l m o d e l i n g

The Young Fashion Designers’ Agora is a center devoted to fashion and all activities related to it. This multifunctional center is designed to offer space to young fashion designers’ workshops, their pop-up exibitions and shops, neighboorhood tailors and dry cleaner ’s shops as well as fashion shows, awards, catwalks or showcases. It intends to bring together the creative fresh minds of the fashion design with the experienced craftsmen and bridge the gap between haute couture and every day clothing by displaying the procedure [training - design - fabrication - alteration exposition - retail] and inviting visitors to get involved.

detail of the facade

physical models scale 1:100 / cross section scale 1:50

longitudinal section: agora stripe

cross section: exhibition, patio, agora

young designer’ workshops “agora” cafe-restaurant

multi-purpose space

ground floor pl an

the workshop spaces raise to release the ground floor for the agora while the restaurant and multi-use space face the street

ground floor pl an


l ig h t h o use pavi l l i o n

S t ud e n t a r c h i t e c t u r al c o m p e t i t i o n

[design of the construction site visitor’s center of the “Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center”]

| 2013

c o l l a b o r ato r : Ya n n o u l ato u A n g e l i c a

pa r t i c i pat i o n : c o n c e p t, d e s i g n , v i s u a l r e p r e s e n tat i o n

Construction sites form a particular private realm in the city, inaccessible and almost completely closed from any passer-by. In the case of the SNF Cultural Center, however, a walk along the Esplanade reveals a rare viewing point to all its building progress. One of the main goals of this proposal is to make the most of these perspectives and, through them, lead the visitors to a better understanding of the site and of its future role (see). While doing so, it also aims to draw attention and to establish itself as a point of reference, a sort of introduction for the Cultural Center that will later take its place (be seen). Its glass façades enable wide views of the site. Its tower raises forming a balcony with 360 o view and ends with a light top that is visible from the surrounding areas. Thus it stands as another “lighthouse” of culture on the coast of Faliro.

exhibiti ons

tower | belvedere

transparent event space

approaching the entrance

event space

ge be lo w th e br id ni gh t vi ew fr om

night view of the espl anade and the lightho use pavillio n

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main axis rotation

di the rect co view nst r u tow cti a on rds sit e

faliro coast faliro coast snf culstural snf cultural center center


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ret h ink ancient o ly mpia s t ud e n t a r c h i t e c t u r al c o m p e t i t i o n | 2008

[enhancement and upgrade of the entrance of ancient Olympia] c o l l a b o r ato r : M a r c a l Ta r r i d a pa r t i c i pat i o n : c o n c e p t, d e s i g n , v i s u a l r e p r e s e n tat i o n


The proposal seeks to create an inviting reception and an interesting route for the visitor leading to the archaeological site of Ancient Olympia, point of great historical, cultural and touristic importance. The sensitive and charged landscape of the city of Ancient Olympia, a World Heritage Monument, as well as the precarious condition of the surrounding areas that suffered from the catastrophic fires of 2007 inspired the introduction of a vertical element of reference that establishes a new character by its repetition in different forms (canopy, bench, playground equipment, lighting, info panels) and implies a relation, on one hand, to the Olympic torch, and on the other, to a burnt tree trunk. A new pedestrian and bicycle route forms a vertebra that connects important points of the city (school, main pedestrian, railway station, Archaeological Museum and site) and new public spaces (playground square, rehabilitated Xenia Motel). Four main points of interest are articulated intending to trigger a potential future development of the city.


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1 SHADED PARKING: buses | private cars | bicycles


2 “FOREST ”: tribute to the restoration of the physical environment


3 pl ayground: recreational open-air activities related to the school


4 xenia motel: outdoor info point cultural center workshops | conferences | exhibitions events |citizen service

burned forest allusion to the devastating fire of the neighboring areas in the summer of 2007

pl ayground with stand alone rope climbing structures

“forest ”

bus | car parking

natural trees replace gradually the artificial “ trucks”

metal structure wooden louvers

bicycle parking | rental

pl ayground

pl ayground

racks and locks automated rental system benches

rope climbing structures benches

city information panels

entrance of Xenia motel: info point and cultural center


h o using c o mp l e x in m y k o n o s p r o f e ss i o nal w o r k | 2013 c o l l a b o r ato r s : P.Va s s i l e i o u A s s o c i at e s

pa r t i c i pat i o n : c o n c e p t, d e s i g n , s u p e r v i s i o n o n s i g h t

The size and needs of a contemporary summer house are by definition incompatible with the stripped and arid Cycladic landscape. Elements of traditional Mykonian architecture and principles of sustainability combined to create contemporary architecture. The proposal is integrated contrapuntally in the rough outline of the Mykonian landscape, projecting the plasticity of its volumes on the sharp face of the rocks. The four residences develop in two floors each, with their volumes adjusting to the terrain. The white plastered parts are revealed wherever the outer stone shell permits. The landscape surrounds the big openings, the glazings disappear into the walls and suddenly sky, sea and rocks become part of the interior. The majestic new of the Pelagos conducts and dominates the synthetic decisions.





kitchen north-eastern terrace

living room southern terrace

the upper residence

view from the living room

urban design

kumasi transp o rt termina l i n t e r ns h i p ass i g nm e n t | g h ana | 2010

employer: the consortium for innovation in human settlements’ development

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pa r t i c i pat i o n : c o n c e p t, d e s i g n , v i s u a l r e p r e s e n tat i o n

The most popular form of public transport in Ghana is the “tro tros” [privately owned minibus share taxis that travel fixed routes leaving when filled to capacity]. While they can be boarded anywhere along the route, there are also tro tro stations where tro tros wait to be filled or people wait in lines for a vacant vehicle. However as there is a fee for each tro tro that enters the station, drivers prefer to stop along the road causing big traffic jams. The initiative of creating a transport terminal that will combine a wide range of commercial uses and trigger economic growth in Ghana’s second largest city, Kumasi, intends to offer solutions for the circulation and loading of tro tros while organizing multiple services around this existing point of social encounter. At first, a case study of a similar implemented project was held in order to evaluate its failures or successes. The New Achimoto Terminal appeared empty and abandoned for one main reason: its single use as a terminal and the exclusion of all other commercial activities that surround undesigned tro tro stations, such as hawkers [the most visible segment of the urban informal economy, street vendors]. To overcome these inadequacies the new terminal is designed based on a complete program that includes designed spaces for informal commercial activity addressed to the “impulsive” buyer.

hawkers [street vendors] selling food at a tro tro station


existing tro tro station in kumasi

sh hours waiting for an ro tro can take for ever. lack of benches it can be even more exhausting.

regular store at a tro tro station


loading area dropping/shared taxis | tro tros | buses


passenger waiting area [shaded]


open waiting area


parking [private vehicles]


filling station | servicing bay


office spaces administration | transport union | kma &


police station | post office


clinic | nursery school

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urban roads


press kiosk


commerce hawkersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; market | stores


food courts | restaurants | internet cafe


prayer area mosque | church


bank service atm | offices


luggage storage | phone service


sanitation public wc | showers | baby changing room


refuse container spot | garbage bins

dropping taxis

proposed program


first sketch diagram


D [ W ] o rm la v i e e n un s o uffl e | be l l ast o ck w o rks h o p | 2011 collaborators: Angelica Yannoulatou, Maritina Koutsoukou, Karolina Bourou pa r t i c i pat i o n : c o n c e p t, d e s i g n , v i s u a l r e p r e s e n tat i o n , 1 : 1 m o d e l c o n s t r u c t i o n

Onirique and transparent, light and audacious. One inflatable/inflated ephemeral city. 200 micro-architectures conceived, fabricated and inhabited on-site. D[w]orm is an inflatable dwelling made of air and textile, bound together with the rest thanks to a unique air blow that diffuses throughout the city and inflates it. Inspired by caterpillars and their cocoons, this single membrane structure is serially connected to two other, joined with a hoop that permits transition of air and physical passage of dwellers. Lanes of transparent PVC are located near the openings, in the more exposed and â&#x20AC;&#x153;publicâ&#x20AC;? part. Translucent sheets are used for the sleeping and more intimate area.


from concept to prototype

Materials: _transparent and translucent PVC film _hoops _double-sided tape [link film sheets] _hook and loop tape [openings] _ballasts [keep from moving]

the city | aerial view

the d[w]orm


t h e m o ving b o d y In an experimental field like ours, where we have to learn to make new molds, spaces of the invention, where we design by tracing derivatives from observation of postures, habits, assumptions on motivation, role plays, etc., preparing for the exercise of the profession is the constant return to the need to know the other.



research photography

f i ltering t h e l ig h t â&#x20AC;&#x153;I sense Light as the giver of all presences, and material as spent light. What Light makes casts a shadow and the shadow belongs to Light.â&#x20AC;? Luis Kahn

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