Alexis Da Costa : Third Place
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Ground floor
Existing posts
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Transversal section 1/100
Longitudinal section 1/100
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Facade - concrete pediment
Facade - concrete and wood pediment
Facade - from street
Facade - from street
Facade - from educational farm
Facade - from educational farm
Elevation detail
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View from the street
View from the street
Public part
Workshops
Educational farm
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This is an interpretation of the myth of the inverted Greek temple, before in wood then in stone, here the building has an existing structure in concrete and the renovation is in wood.

The colors used take up the work on the polychromy of the temples. This building takes its strength from the combination of two opposing archetypes: the industrial hangar and the Greek temple.

A third place is a social surroundings separate from the two usual social environments of home and the workplace. The aim of this building is to revitalize an urban wasteland by creating a social hub in which neighborhood residents, schoolchildren and students can come together to share.

The building is made up of three parts, it is an intergenerational social meeting point allowing neighborhood associations to take place, residents to have lunch and a drink as well as to work over coffee, tea or other drinks. This space is therefore useful for all those who do not have an office, those who have one but too far away, those who have no room at home, those who study or those who do not want to be alone at home. The second part is educational but more productive, here they are shared workshops in which people can learn to use machines or use the space to work there. The third part is an educational farm, reconnecting people with each other but also with working the land.

The aime is to renovate and revitalize an urban wasteland by creating a social and productive pole for a local economy.

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According to John Cage, “an experimental action” is one “the outcome of which is not foreseen.” Titling this course Architecture & Experience celebrates on the one hand its attachment to the question of high architecture as a discipline forged in historical and theoretical projects and, on the other, the experimental nature of an explorative approach that has been an operative concept of said discipline ever since the Renaissance – explorative, but still grounded in concrete reality.

Theory, by identifying the working principles defining architectonic forms along time, makes possible every kind of parallel while transforming every sort of question into potential architectural problematics. This is our main field of exploration.

Theory allows us to write the narrative that defines the rules of the project on the one hand and give it a mean on the other hand. Reason helps us to imagine narratives that, considering the rules of nature and reality, allow us to justify from a rational point of view disposals that would be irrational in a different conceptual context. Thus we can succeed in building dreams from the ordinary condition.

Athens is a condensator of the most glorious Antique European architecture and of the almost non planned urban forms of today that makes of it a laboratory for exploring the contemporary status of architecture and city. As usual, students have not traveled to Athens, to work more from the imaginary of the city than from its reality.