LOCATION YEAR TYPE STATUS SIZE CRETE 2012 EDUCATIONAL COMPETITION 6.220sqm
ARCHITECTS DESIGN TEAM TSIRAKI SOFIA TSIRAKI SOFIA ZAPANTIOTIS FOTIS ZAPANTIOTIS FOTIS DASKALAKI KATERINA DASKALAKI KATERINA
The flowing movement of composition is enhanced by the independence of the supporting and non supporting spatial elements. We believe that the spatial flexibility promotes new learning methods in the educational process, as the sensitive function of learning and spatial organization acquires dialectic, but also critical relationship of interaction. Meanwhile, the fluid space redefines the boundaries between the open, semi-open and closed space, affecting the daily life and character of the school.
We believe that in this Mediterranean context, with temperate climate and mild conditions that mainly prevail, pupils should have the opportunity to develop much of their activity in the countryside. So, sustainable design may contribute to the upgrade of daily educational life and the correlation between pupils and nature. Thus, the configuration of open spaces preserves the natural topography- receptor, onto which the composition is recorded and highlights the spiral structure of the synthetic formulation. At the same time, it is organized into zones, which are born from the organization of building composition itself. It is about a symbolic "plowing" of the landscape, which conceivably restores the earlier agricultural features of the land and: a) forms bands of small alternative crops, b) integrate into concrete surfaces of sporting activity and entertainment places, and c) also cross the inner space and integrates the natural landscape with the artificial environment.
Another core element of the concept is the modern aesthetic expression of synthesis, without neglecting, however, the history and the special characteristics of this site. We believe that, in our days, a multicultural meeting and training places should express their era and the modern international educational trends and should enable users to develop their aspects and activities. Compositional components of traditional architecture, are regarded nor as an image-transcript but as a source for a method of composing, as we are referring not to iconographic elements, but mainly to structural spatial characteristics. They may adapt to new conditions and educational requirements that exceed the framework of old-new relationship and from being a static pictorial matter, becomes live reality, with overall aesthetic and artistic expression.
So, for example, the atrium of the spatial constitution of Knossos, is transcribed in our centrally-planned "container" of social life and the open cistern. The use of cross ventilation and sunlight appeared across the whole traditional Mediterranean architecture is transferred to our proposal as obvious quality of modern organization of space. The use of linear elements of shading (blinds), that occurs over time in common constructions of the countryside, are also basic components of the facades and the sustainable, bioclimatic design.
We believe also, that the integrated architectural proposal-especially for a unique, innovative multicultural school -besides from being a "vessel of life ", it should cover modern scientific requirements but also be a state of the art complex.