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Vanessa Panagiotopoulou Architect engineer email: contact number: +44 7591520659

Education - 2009-2016 // National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) School of Architecture Master in Architectural Engineering Admission rank: 7th entry nationally Graduation mark: 8.45 Diploma thesis mark: 9.90/10.00 - 2013-2014 //ΕNSA Paris Belleville (ENSAPB) Erasmus exchange program MArch 1 - 2008 //Lycée Léonin French Highschool Graduation mark 19.50/20.00

Professional experience - August 2016- present // Sigurd Larsen Design and Architecture Architecture Assistant, Berlin, Germany - February- June 2014 // Parc Architecture Internship, Paris, France - 2011- 2012// xza Architects Internship, Athens, Greece - September - February 2011// NTUA in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment and Energy Participation in the Analysis of traditional and historical building groups in Mani, Greece

Competitions - 2017// Blue Clay Spa Competition by Beebreeders Participation in collaboration with Sigurd Larsen Design and Architecture - 2017// KIP Auditoriums Competition by Beebreeders Participation in collaboration with Sigurd Larsen Design and Architecture - 2016// The City Above the City International Design Competition by Metsawood Second prize internationally for the proposal Dachkiez, Village on the Roof in collaboration Sigurd Larsen Design and Architecture - 2016 // Blue Award Participation in the international student competition on sustainable design of Vienna University of Architecture

Scholarships - 2009//Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs Scholarship for the 7th highest admission grade in NTUA School of Architecture nationally

Academic research - 2014// “Space through social and gender stereotypes: NTUA in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment and Representations through the greek cinema of ‘50s- ‘60s Research thesis// Supervisor: Professor Assistant Irene Micha

Seminars - 2010// FIVE LESSONS ABOUT ARCHITECTURE Contemporary Architecture, Functionality, Materiality, Integration in the city

Language skills - English// Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency CPE, Michigan Certificate of Proficiency - French //Sorbonne II Diplôme de Langue et Littérature Francaise (2ème degré)

Software - Autodesk Autocad - Rhino 3D - Vray - Adobe Photoshop - Αdobe Indesign - Adobe Illustrator - Draftsight

CONTE NTS Thesis diploma project Urban stream revitalization, Greece//2016

Professional Projects// Sigurd Larsen Design and Architecture Treetop Houses, Denmark// 2017 The Blue clay center, Latvia// International Competition// 2017 The KIP Halls, Latvia// International Competition// 2017 Multifunctional school furniture, Germany// 2016 Rebuilding the medieval Petritor of Rostock, Germany// International Competition//2017

University Projects Public square regeneration, Greece// 2013 Wooden lifeguard construction, Greece//2011 The museum of the city of Athens, Greece// 2012 Space representations through social and gender stereotypes//2015

U R B A N S T R EA M R E V I TA L I Z AT I O N , G R E EC E urban// lanscape// architectural design proposal for Pikrodafni stream in Athens The environmental restoration proposal for Pikrodafni stream involves its ecological reconstruction with the view to long term sustainable development. The aim is to ensure that the stream is preserved, protected and promoted as a natural element as well as reinforcing its importance as an active public area of metropolitan significance. The methodology of this intervention is based on a gradual development of all the relevant scales, from urban, public space and landscape design issues to architectural considerations, while at all times utilizing only those tools and techniques which support the naturalization of the stream. The project is divided in the analysis of the current situation of the stream and the proposal that includes: ο implementation of bioengineering techniques along the stream corridor ο urban connection between landmarks and the key location ο landscape design proposal ο wooden construction of environmental exhibition center ο construction analysis of wooden structures

Pikrodafni stream is located in the Attica region of Greece and it flows from the western foothills of the Hymettus Mountain into the gulf of Saronikos. It is one of the few remaining open streams in the Athens area, an area where more than 700 active streams could be found at the beginning of the 20th cen-

Pikrodafni stream

tury. The stream consists of an ecosystem

Greece- Athens

with particularly rich flora and fauna, despite

open streams underground waterpipes drainage basin

the fact that it is situated in an urban fabric of high density. It therefore demands immediate protection from the environmental pollution and neglect caused by the rapid urban spread of Athens city.

Hydrographic network Naturalization of the stream corridor

live fascines

live cribwalls

branch packing


brush mattresses

tree revetements

techniques wooden barriers maintaining gravel

Biodiversity and natural habitat protection

strengthening food chain




Reducing flood risk sediment basins



meander restoration

exhibition center Environmental and cultural awareness

botanical garden

environmental culture

public space

children- elderly

STREAM Communication zones

bird watching city

green areas

center for the elderly public game platforms

urban connection with sea urban connection with mountain

land uses

pedestrianized and less traffic congested

urban connection with education

urban connection with commercial zone Green space of metropolitan importance urban connection with local cemetary

land uses

commercial administration education artisanship providence sport depots species uses

The dominant residential nature of the land use, along with commercial and educational factors, demand its cultivation as a public space that will relieve the congestion of the city, while improving the interaction between buildings and green spaces.The landscape design of the area which we are focused on proposes urban connections to the schools, the commercial zone, the local cemetery and the green areas of the neighborhood, through pedestrian areas and less traffic congested streets.

road network

main roads secondary roads local roads

At an urban scale, the stream is surrounded by a dense road network, which consists of main, secondary and local roads. The existence of this network can enable mobility towards the stream, aiming at its designation as a public attraction for the whole city. On the other hand, concrete viaducts disturb the ecological stability of the stream, since supportive concrete walls cause narrowing of the riverbed and elimination of the corridor’ s natural meanders.

green metropolitan green public spaces- squares vacant lots

Hymettus mountain and the stream’ s riparian vegetation, constitute urban green and open spaces of metropolitan significance. Many public spaces, such as, local squares and vacant lots can be used as vital green spaces. On an urban scale, we argue the stream can function as the core element of a green space network to be developed around it.

Vegetation species leaved reeds citrus dreams poplars

olives pines cypress

Movements public footbridges viaducts pathways

access in the riverbed

impasses private foorbridges

moving along the river acces denied

Urban pressure

erosion-instability of scarps supportive concrete walls supportive concrete walls illegal dwellings gabions- benching dense reeds gabions dense reeds illegal dwellings illegal dwellings illegal dwellings

flood risk dense reeds supportive concrete walls illegal dwellings

benching illegal dwellings supportive concrete walls benching erosion-instability of scarps erosion-instability of scarps flood risk

Overall stream problems removal of illegal dwellings sediment basin

removal of reeds

wooden barriers maintaining gravel bridge replacement live cribwalls live fascines


removal of reeds

removal of reeds

live stakes wooden barriers

branch packing tree revetments

wooden barriers sediment basin

live fascines

live cribwalls branch packing

Bioengineering techniques


Existing buildings

Road network


Central to the landscape proposal is the island created by the confluence of the main and secondary streams where we place an environmental exhibition center, which will


provide additional space for children and an exhibitional botanical garden.

In the surrounding area, we propose

wooden surfaces for public games, a wooden construction for the elderly, bird watching towers, walls and a pathway Morphology

with wooden canopies to accommodate the flea market of the neighborhood. Finally, two wooden bridges will connect the banks, enabling the mobility of both residents and the visitors from other parts of the city. The renewable and eco friendly materials of wood, rock and trodden treated soil have been chosen as the most suitable for geological reasons and in keeping with the existing nature of the site. Our aim is to keep consumption of energy and natural resources to a minimum.

Bridge connection

Freeform pathway

Wooden platforms

Wooden canopies

Bridge connection Center for the elderly

Exhibition center

Botanical garden

Birdwatching installations

Masterplan of landscape design proposal

- pathway along the stream corridor - access to birdwatching installations

slope that implies preexisting secondary stream

active secondary stream

wooden platforms for public games

- island between main and secondary channel - environmental exhibition center

main channel of Pikrodafni stream

- main stream channel of Pikrodafni - connection with wooden bridge

- flea market canopies - center for the elderly

center for the elderly

The environmental exhibition center comprises a pure wooden structure which can be assembled or disassembled according to nature’s conditions. The construction includes a space for an exhibition concerning the history and the nature of the stream, a children’s play area and a cafeteria. Both these areas will be connected on the western side by a wooden canopy that leads to the exhibitional botanical garden. The wooden construction functions as the nodal point of our project, to which visitors will be led through the pedestrianized and less traffic congested streets, thus connecting it on an urban scale with the surrounding study area, and thereby promoting an environmentally friendly mode of public activity.

Northeast elevation

Southwest elevation

Botanical garden


Childrens’ room

Exhibition area

Plan of environmental exhibition center

Glued laminated timber has been chosen because it is an environmentally friendly material, respecting the territory of the site. Its main advantages are moisture resistance, low mass, the capacity not to reach extreme temperatures and the provision of negative carbon footprint. Moreover, structures from glued laminated timber can be easily dismantled in the event that their removal is required. Secondarily, we propose as a coating material of the roof, sheets of copper in order to provide water insulation, metal windshields and double layers of sea plywood that include thermal insulation.


c ollab or ation

w i t h S i g u r d Lars en Des i gn and A rc hi t ec t ure

The project is about the design of a complex of treetop houses in the north coast of Denmark. The complex consists of nine wooden huts mounted on the trunks of oak trees, outdoor showers for the guests and a common terrace on the ground level. The ascension to the huts is achieved by a system of suspended, wooden treetop pathways, formed as free organic curves that echo the habitation of nature. Each hut includes small living spaces. Moving from the small living room to the bedroom and out to the terrace is a whole experience of climbing inside the house. The size of the interior spaces is the least possible in order to achieve space and material economy, and form at last a modest intervention in the Danish landscape. Each hut is mounted on the trunk of an oak tree and is based on thin steel pillars that end as screw foundations, preventing the destruction of the natural geology that would be caused by traditional conrete foundations.

Common showers Treetop houses Common Terasse

Site plan

House section

1// Installing pillars and steel floor frame

2// Constructing intermediate volume on site according to each oak tree

3// Installing prefabricated volumes

Layered wooden construction

Wooden cabins

The outdoor showers complex is placed in a humid and dark forest of pine trees, in order to achieve better adaptation of the showering use in the landscape. The complex is formed by individual units of wooden changing rooms and showers, where the required privacy is achieved by the installation of bent metal that forms a limit around each unit.

Bent metal sheets

The metal is bent in a way that the organic curve formed is integrated in the landscape of the pine tree forest. The wooden floor is based on punctual screw foundations, and the

Gravel foundation

bent metal sheet on gravel foundations, so that the roots of the trees and the geology are influenced the least possible.

Floor finishing

Floor beams

Screw foundation

BLUE CLAY CENTER, LATVIA in colla b or a tion w i th S i g u r d L a rs e n Des i gn and A rc hi t ec t ure

The Blue Clay Country Spa is designed for a site in the Kurzeme forest in Latvia, in a meadow surrounded by dense vegetation, and is famous for its natural resources on blue clay. The scale of the spa complex is broken down to meet the size of a human body. Each hut is orientated towards south overlooking the lake with a series of small terraces allowing the choice of privacy or social interaction with the other guests. Starting from the arrival point in the east, the huts get more and more private. First you meet the dining room and common space. After this you enter the spa area with therapy rooms and sauna. In the end the guest house is found on the western side and the staff house is seen as an integrated part of the complex, but shifted to the eastern edge of the forest to ensure privacy for both the guest and the staff.

Solar panels Vegetable garden

Orchand and playground

Dining area

Guest house


Staff accommodation

Guest house

Spa and sauna

Dining area

Wooden roof cladding Roof battens Main structure of pillars and beams

Plywood interior finishing Vapor foil barrier Secondary frame including insulation Wind barrier and facade battens Facade cladding

Floor planks Wooden beams and insulation Protection barrier Screw pillar foundation

Construction principle

THE KIP HALLS, LATVIA in colla b or a tion w i th S i g u r d L a rs e n Des i gn and A rc hi t ec t ure THE KIP HALLS aim to reinvent the Riga Expo Centre by giving a new face towards the old city center and radically changes how guests arrive to an event, and wander between the interior and exterior exhibition areas. Riga Expo center

The added auditoriums, conference rooms, exhibition space, cafĂŠ and offices form a new facade and entrance situation which provides a more extrovert first impression and a face towards the old city of Riga and the Daugava river. The new addition forms a third volume to the complex that at the same time defines a courtyard for exterior events that are easily reached from the expo halls. In the interior space, the seemingly floating volumes of the auditoriums are lifted up in order to let light and circulation flow around the ground floor. They are clad with polycarbonate panels, that create a transparency effect and reduce the sense of gravity and weight. In the gaps between the floating auditoriums and the exterior walls, indirect daylight is reflected from above, down to the circulation ramps and further below to the cafĂŠ and exhibition space.

The Kip Halls


Exhibitions and conference rooms Reception and tickets

Auditorium 1


Auditorium 2

Auditorium 3

Auditorium 4




in colla b or a tion w i th S i g u r d L a rs e n Des i gn and A rc hi t ec t ure The SELBSTLERNZENTRUM is a large scale school common furniture that functions as a nest and offers the choice of different uses and spaces that blend one with another. The main uses concern group or individual activities such as resting, lying down, lying on hammocks from net, sitting and studying. The wooden plates subsidence in a way so there can be created a sort of a desk for studying and also for climbing up the different layers. The biggest area of the surfaces can be used for these activities and the spaces where the access is not possible between the layers, can be used as shelves for placing objects. The subtraction of the organic curves from the wooden plates is based on the creation of this particular multifunctional system. The whole layered structure is based on a system of wooden birch trunk pillars that appear to be randomly placed on purpose so that the construction resembles to a forest but they are actually based on a specific grid.






Lying on hammock


c ollab or ation

w i t h S i g u r d Lars en Des i gn and A rc hi t ec t ure

The project is about rebuilding the medieval Petritor of Rostock city in Germany that used to function as a barrier for people that arrived from abroad, but now redesign it in a way that it marks the entrance to the old city. The Petritor gate is accompanied by a complex of offices and housing that share spaces and uses with the gate, as it will function as a cultural center for events and exhibitions. The design proposes a new interpretation of the traditional red brick and sattledt roofs typology that historically defined the architecture and craftsmanship of north countries. The theme of the monolithic brick volume is scaled down by proposing a double skinned facade made out of glass and perforated brick. This way the light is filtered through the spaces and creates ever changing light situations during the day from roof windows, perforated brick wall with glass behind, as well as larger windows framing a view to the outside.

P UB LIC U n ive r sity





The project is about the regeneration and redesign of Klafthmonos square, located in the historical center of the city of Athens. The mobility of the citizens was recorded and the urban connections between landmarks and meeting points of urban significance were the starting points of the urban design. According to these elements the design consists of a triangle, the faces of which, connect basic urban infrastructure such as, the museum of the city of Athens, a metro station and historical buildings. The edges of the triangle are connected through staircases and ramps for handicapped people and follow the existing slope of the territory, proposing the underground space as entrance and exit of the existing metro station. When exiting the metro station, under the basic ramp,

Landmark urban connections

we provide space for a flea market that leads to the central level of the square. This level also includes an outdoor amphitheater and on a lower level it exhibits the ancient wall of the city of Athens.

dense planting

outdoor amphitheater

ancient wall

flea market

entrance-exit of Metro station

pedestrian road



Klafthmonos square

natural ground

Metro exit

Underground flea market

Ancient wall


WOOD E N U n ive r sity




This project deals with the construction of a small scale wooden structure that can be used as a lifeguard observation tower. The main material used is glued laminated timber. Secondary materials are reeds and fabric that can provide shadow, while metal beam cases are used to connect the different architectural parts to one another. The basic requirement was that the construction could be easily assembled and disassembled in the end of the summer, in order to prevent the deterioration of wood from natural elements.




U n ive r sity




The project is about the design of the new Museum of Athens City, placed in the historical center of the capital. At an urban scale, the basic purpose was the integration of the building in the existing urban fabric where architectural approaches of different periods, from Athenian neoclassicism to modernism, coexist. The integration is achieved by the museum’s materiality, morphology and also through its height, which is integrated gently in the existing skyline. Main principle, was also the designation of the ancient wall of Athens that runs underground, as the core of the historical museum. The main structure of the building, is developed on two discernible volumes, perpendicular to one another, that define different kind of building uses. The main volume, longitudinal through the basic elevation, includes spaces for temporary exhibitions, administration offices, a playroom for children and a public library. This volume ends up to the museum cafeteria which overlooks the historical center of Athens. It is exposed on a fordable terrace which is the upper level of the perpendicular volume that includes spaces for permanent exhibitions.

SPACE THROUGH GENDER AND SOCIAL STEREOTYPES Representations through the greek cinema of 50’5-60’s Research thesis The representations of space through eight Greek films demonstrate how space is perceived and evaluated through the dualities of public-private, male-female, and working class-bourgeoisie, with an identification of the respective parts of the dualities. Space is constructed and represented on the basis of the distinction between the private and public sphere, according to which females are identified with the former and males with the latter. Working class life enhances multiplicity in public spaces and is depicted by means of a refugee neighborhood and an Athenian neighborhood. This is contrasted with the bourgeois model of life, which identifies with social upward mobility and shifts to privacy, as represented through the mall and the Athenian suburbs. Depictions of private space can be found in the refugee house, working class house, petit bourgeois apartment and suburban villa. The qualitative and quantitative improvement of housing implies a separation of functions in male and female spaces. Depth, concealment and supervision are introduced as parameters for designing a living space. Therefore, personal spaces have a female signifier, whereas communal spaces have a male signifier. In the filmed city, polarization between the dualities, public-private and male-females, is weakened through the emergence of intermediate spaces that overcome established social-spatial limits. Intermediate spaces exist through practices and behaviors that cannot be identified as purely private or public. Intermediate spaces emerge through the expansion of private practices on the street, sidewalk, inner courtyard, concierge-elevator of a building, as well as the private car. Intermediate spaces favor visibility and participation in the public space. Yet, the bourgeois model of life is concerned with emerging intermediate spaces (e.g. car, concierge, elevator) that seem to weaken public space and enhance a shift to privacy. These areas relate primarily to groups that are limited to private spaces, thus having a female signifier. Gender representations of space are reflected in the ways women use space in areas including work, entertainment, leisure and consumption. They raise public and social control depending on the degree of appropriation and visibility in the public space. The bigger the participation in public space, the weaker the polarization between the patterns man-woman and public-private is.

Architecture - Landscape design PORTFOLIO 2017  
Architecture - Landscape design PORTFOLIO 2017