Clément Paillon : Symposion
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Implantation - Along the lost Ilissos river
Implantation - Along the lost Ilissos river
Mass plan - A public place and a passage way
A vessel accosted to the urban fabric
A vessel accosted to the urban fabric
A vessel accosted to the urban fabric
A vessel accosted to the urban fabric
Continuity with the public place
Ground floor- Market and logistic platform
First floor - parking lot
Second floor - Concert hall and food facilities
Third floor - university restaurant and student bar
Fourth floor - University restaurant, banquet rooms and student bar
Fifth floor - Suspended beach
Atlas of plans
Structural elements
Structural elements
Structural elements
Structural elements
Structural elements
Structural elements
Ground floor
Ground floor
First floor
First floor
Second floor
Second floor
Third floor
Third floor
Fourth floor
Fourth floor
Fifth floor
Roof
Shading system
Shading system
Shading system
Axonometry
Clipped axonometry - Through concert hall
A courtyard for the building...
... And a concert hall for special occasions
First section - Transfers between the towers and the vessel
Second section - Transfers between the towers and the vessel
East elevation
West elevation - Blinds opened
West elevation - Blinds closed
North elevation
South elevation
Constructive detail - Blinds opened
Kanawa-tsugi - Concrete to wood assembly
Kanawa-tsugi - Concrete to wood assembly
Kanawa-tsugi - Concrete to wood assembly
Kanawa-tsugi - Concrete to wood assembly
Kanawa-tsugi - Concrete to wood assembly
Kanawa-tsugi - Concrete to wood assembly
Constructive detail - Blinds opened
Constructive detail - Blinds semi-opened
Constructive detail - Blinds closed
Dionysiac - Apollonian
POV - you are going to a concert
scenes of life - the market
Towards the different stories through the market
Scenes of life - the passage way
The passage way - a buffer space and a display
Scenes of life - the concert hall
The concert hall - a moment of partying
Scenes of life - the university restaurant
The university restaurant - alcoves of intimacy
Scenes of life - the suspended beach
Finally, a toast in the chill out area between sea and hills
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The project is called Sympósion after the greek name of Plato’s « banquet » as it tries to reintroduce collective spaces in Athens for sharing not only thoughts or food and wine but collective moments in general. The desire of working on a collective program came with the necessity for Athens to create new public spaces and gardens. Thus, I had to ask myself what would be a banquet nowadays ? Of course the idea wasn’t to reintroduce it as it used to be but to understand what ideas are there behind the banquet that we still cherish nowadays. The banquet here must be understood as plurality of qualities and ingredients that exceed the only matter of food and beverage. It is also a matter of music and dance, and a matter of enjoyment and letting go. Its form can be seen as a consequence of the necessity to offer both a specific experience and to provide the necessary flexibility of a space hosting moments.

 

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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.