Eva Morin : A Californian life in Athens
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Implantation
Implantation
Polykatoikia great mixture
Housing, offices and swimming pool vibes
Housing, offices and swimming pool vibes
Housing, offices and swimming pool vibes
Housing, offices and swimming pool vibes
Enjoy the Acropolis and archaelogical ruins
One building, three circulation types
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Look at the Parthenon
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Sun and cinema bleachers
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Sunny donkey stairs
Ruins and posts
Public groundfloor above ruins
1st floor - Swimming pool and housing
2nd floor - Housing and offices
3rd floor - Housing and offices
4th floor - Housing and offices
Roof plan - Swimming pool chill-out area and bar
Atlas of plans
Existing site
Ruins
Fondations
Concrete posts
Concrete public slab
Swimming pool slab
Vertical circulations
Housing first floor
Final building
Colorful building
Building section
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A viewing machine
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South housing facade - loggias
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Fresh ceramic tiles and colored awning ban
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North housing facade - terraces
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Colored ceramic tiles
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South offices facade - loggias
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Vertical blinds and colored ceramic tiles
I, I love the colorful tiles it wears ...
... And the way the sunlight plays upon them ...
... I hear the sound of a gentle world ...
... On the wind that lifts its perfume through the air ...
... I'm pickin' up good vibrations (oom bop bop good vibrations) ...
... It's giving me the excitations (oom bop bop excitations) ...
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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.