Sub_Zero – Life Beyond Parking

Design Team: Dionysios Koutsioumaris, Argyris Chronopoulos, Georgios Fiorentinos
University: National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), Greece
Tutored by: Andreas Kourkoulas, John Zachariades

“Honorable Mention” – European Architectural Medal Awards 2016:
URL: https://eam.uauim.ro/projects/2016/58/

Nomination – EU Mies van der Rohe Young Talent Architecture Awards 2016:
URL: http://ytaa.miesbcn.com/work/276

The project was selected for exhibition in the UIA 2017 SEOUL Congress in the Greek pavilion by the Technical Chamber of Greece.
URL: http://www.uia2017seoul.org/

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This diploma project chose to place its setting in downtown Athens. Our attention was captured by its latent dynamic and thus turned towards parking lots. Those structures can be seen as machines a habiter. The inhabitant, the car, seems to be deserting them. Amongst all types, that of the underground seemed more challenging. Two radically different locations were chosen so as to create a dipole, the parts of which constitute a case study. The one in Kaniggos square in Omonoia, the other in Rizari Street in Kolonaki. The latter surrounded by a sparse urban fabric, green spaces and cultural activities. The former situated in one of Athens’s densest areas, surrounded by intense metropolitan activities, congestion, transportation. Two places, two versions. The clean and the dirty, serenity vs constant motion. The context as the defining design principle. An obvious paradigm of two opposites in program and form which celebrate their birth from the Αthenian womb. A paradigm that is about breathing new life into existing structures. A revitalization that will offer its energy back to the city. The two parking lots, imminent to economic collapse but also to nationalization in the upcoming decade call for their new role in the metropolis. We baptize them as metropolis’s incubators, its accelerators (Kaniggos) or urban de-compressors (Rizari). Inhabitance through the programmatic element of the hotel stretches the notion of viability after the alteration of parking lots.

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