Intervention on an existing structure with the extension of one floor. The general elements of the architectural composition are based on the idea of an introverted closed-box building, which opens towards the interior (atrium). The confinement and the evenness of the exterior walls with the minimal openings necessary – fissures turning back to the interior atrium – are dominated by transparency and a sense of depth, with the arrangement of the successive layers of materials (wooden blinds, metal balustrades around three sides and glass reinforced with wire net) in front of the ramp. The movement of the visitors in the atrium space is both theatrical and ceremonial. There are multiple approaches in the exhibition spaces so that the building can utilize many display scenarios. The materials, which dress the façade of the building, were selected on the basis of colour, texture, and the feeling of transparency.
Location: Athens; Pireos 138
Area: 8,500 sq.m.
Floors: 3 levels
Marble, wood, metal
Design Team: Artemis Halari
Architectural Office: Antonia Panou
Architectural Consultants: Dimitris Korres, Yiannis Peponis,
S. Vasiliou, y. Nikopoulos, k.Keoglou, n. Paplomatas
Kostas Zambas; Associate: Kostas Papantonopoulos Collaborating Office: k. Agapiou – a. Hadzidaki & Associates Civil Engineer e.e.
Pantelis Argyros; Associates: h. Argyros, a. Adamopoulou, b. Beloni
Theatrical Consultant: Michalis Pitenis;
Audiovisual Facilities: Nikos Michailidis