AS IF 2014

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description research project for the Greek participation in the 14th International Architecture Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia
category residential, research
location Mykonos, Greece
design team

Stephan Buerger, Demetra Katsota, Spyros Ampanavos, Constantinos Petrakos

exhibition curators

Yannis Aesopos


Taras Diachun


design year 2014

The project as if is a comment and criticism to an established condition as much as an intentionally provocative speculation. A representation of reality through a vision for the future.

as: The Cycladic island of Mykonos is one of the epicentres of Greek tourism and a prime example of tourism development in Greece. On the western coast of the island, Ai Yannis, a formerly bucolic landscape displays typical signs of exploitation and environmental degradation. The panorama of Delos -one of the most important mythological, historical and archaeological sites in Greece-, the proximity to the town centre and the sandy beach, were primary reasons for the dramatic yet thoughtless development, transforming, within forty years, an unbuilt area of outstanding natural beauty into an illegal aggregation of irrational private investments.

Ai Yannis constitutes today an informal massive hotel accommodation with a total coverage of 33.500m2 offering 2.220 beds, twice as many as the legally foreseen for the given areas. The informal accommodation is organised in 113 units of second homes, with an average use of 4 weeks per annum, characterised by the established circumvention of planning provisions and the misinterpreted ‘commitment to the strictly mimetic formalisation' of the Cycladic tradition. Furthermore, in 12 ever upgrading 4 and 5 stars hotel complexes and 4 rental villas’ compounds, which follow the prevailing trends of Greek tourism offering an array of services, which can be enjoyed during a tourist season of less than five months and with an average occupancy rate of below 70%. The buildings with their extensive cascading outdoor spaces occupy a vast area of a total of 196.000m2 and spread through the network of easements everywhere, continuously demanding the extension of the area’s inefficient infrastructural network.

if: The abuse of the shore, the environmental degradation, the depreciation of the tourist product evince how four decades of ruthless consumption of the natural environment, conflicting policies and compromises to private interests, transformed this landscape into an irrational, out of scale and after all unprofitable investment.

The quantified data of this horizontal development is projected upon a hypothetical scenario of an offshore vertical assembly on a footprint of 27x27m and with a total of 84 levels above sea, equaling the total area as currently existing. Extrapolating occupational patterns, areas, programmes, a speculative stacking method is devised. At a ratio of 55% solid - 45% void various external areas are introduced in order to enhance the Mediterranean experience, which determined the scale and scope of the project.

The new unconventional tourism and infrastructural typology constitutes a destination in itself, all year round and ensures reduction of the ecological footprint, energy autonomy while preserving and unveiling the landscape with its idealized views. An archaeology of the future derived from the fragments of the present in the aura and light of the mythological past.

Title Year Type Locaction Country
PENINSULA 2020 residential, hospitality Paros Greece
VILLAS A 2019 residential, hospitality Costa Navarino ,  Messinia Greece
RESTAURANT THALERSEE 2020 public, hospitality Graz Austria
VILLAS B 2019 residential, hospitality Costa Navarino ,  Messinia Greece
OKZT HUB 2018 offices Klagenfurt Austria
MAYRHOFEN STATION 2018 public Mayrhofen Austria
HOUSES A·2 2014 residential, hospitality Paros Greece
FERANT GARDEN APARTMENT 2017 residential Ljubljana Slovenia
CING LABORATORY BUILDING 2018 public Nicosia Cyprus
STUDENT STUDIOS PATRAS 2007 residential Patras Greece
PX SIX THRESHOLDS 2012 public Athens Greece
HOUSE E 2016 residential Artemida Greece
HOUSE L 2016 residential, research Antiparos Greece
LANDHOTEL SILVESTAR 2016 commercial, residential, hospitality Motovun Croatia
AS IF 2014 residential, research Mykonos Greece
HOUSE B 2014 residential Crete Greece
UNIVERSITY LIBRARY GRAZ 2015 public Graz Austria
HOUSE T 2016 residential Antiparos Greece
HOUSE H 2012 residential Corfu Greece
KURA CULTURAL CENTRE 2013 public Mingachevir Azerbaijan
THREE SPACES 2013 exhibition Athens Greece
KUBAN RIVERSIDE HOTEL 2013 commercial, hospitality Krasnodar Russia
STUDENT STUDIOS THESSALONIKI 2017 residential Thessaloniki Greece
HOUSE A+B 2008 residential Paros Greece
COOP BANK HEADQUARTERS 2012 commercial Nicosia Cyprus
PX THREE CORNERS 2012 public Athens Greece
AUSTRIAN AMBASSADOR RESIDENCE 2013 residential Athens Greece
COASTAL DOMAINS 2017 exhibition Athens Greece
ANNENHEIM CUBES 2012 residential, hospitality Treffen Austria
FERLACH TECHNICAL SCHOOL 2016 public Ferlach Austria
CASPIAN SEA RESORT 2012 public, residential, masterplan, hospitality Baku Azerbaijan
6 VOIDS: PXATHENS 2012 exhibition Venice Italy
BELGIAN EMBASSY 2009 public Athens Greece
CAUCASUS CONFERENCE CENTRE 2012 public Qabala Azerbaijan
GERMAN SCHOOL ATHENS 2017 public Athens Greece
LAKE APARTMENTS 2012 residential Bodensdorf Austria
PX ATHENS 2012 public, masterplan Athens Greece
LARNACA AGORA 2011 public Larnaca Cyprus
NOVARA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 2018 public Vienna Austria
OFFICE A 2010 commercial Athens Greece
HBWBC SCHOOL 2010 public Vienna Austria
DASOUPOLI HIGH SCHOOL 2010 public Nicosia Cyprus
RATHAUSPARK 2009 public Vienna Austria
TOWNHOUSE K 2009 residential Nafplion Greece
VILLA W1 2008 residential Corfu Greece
HELLENIC PARLIAMENT 2008 research Athens Greece
KYRIAZI DEVELOPMENT 2008 commercial, residential Athens Greece
GERMAN DEVELOPMENT 2008 masterplan Sofia Bulgaria
SUPERSTORE V 2008 commercial Athens Greece
MELINA PAVILION 2007 exhibition Athens Greece
GLEISDORF DEVELOPMENT 2007 residential Gleisdorf Austria
HELEXPO PAVILION 2007 exhibition Thessaloniki Greece
VILLA S 2006 residential Vienna Austria
VERTICAL ATTICA 2006 masterplan, research Attica Greece
SCHLOSSMUSEUM 2006 public Linz Austria
EXHIBITION 102x 2006 exhibition Athens Greece
HOUSE M 2004 residential Athens Greece
SKYWALK BRIDGE 2004 public Vienna Austria
HELLENIKON PARK 2004 masterplan Athens Greece
DARNITSA DEVELOPMENT 2003 commercial Kiev Ukraine
TRANSITIONAL INTERSTICES 2003 residential Ano Liosia Greece