GERMAN SCHOOL ATHENS 2017

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description renovation of the school's outdoor spaces and facilities
invited competition, 2nd prize
category public
location Athens, Greece
design team

Arge Bletsas Pehofer & Buerger Katsota ZT GmbH, Stephan Buerger, Demetra Katsota, Maria Chassioti, Georgios Kourakos, Klelia Siska, Myrto Tsarouchi

client Deutsche Schule Athen
design year 2017

City and landscape: The DSA’s buildings, grounds, neighbourhood and urban context have undergone dramatic transformations during the last five decades. A former pine forest, picturesque creek, scattered orchards, olive groves and suburban houses have been erased by 2004 Olympic facilities, large scale office buildings, shopping malls, suburban housing developments and ever expanding road infrastructure.

Common grounds/ shared platforms: The scheme aims at an Open School through the articulation of five interconnected territories for play, recreation, experiential learning, social communication and cultural exchange.

The Shared Space as a common ground a redefinition of public piazza and street. A pedestrian zone, with access regulations permitting cycling as well as low-speed vehicular circulation and short stay parking during drop-off and pick up. Below the dense foliage of pines, sitting arrangements cater for waiting, resting, game watching;

the DSA Square, as the representative public space of the school, the everyday point of reference, arrival and departure. A new Pinus Pinea forest frames the Square while concealing the adjacent mall’s blind façade. The requested parking spaces are accommodated in a semi sunken, naturally light and ventilated garage below the square;

the Upper and Lower Courtyards, undertake an intensified public nexus character. The Upper Courtyard becomes a welcoming, generous and flexible space washed in natural light yet below a translucent canopy. The Lower Courtyard, underneath the lush foliage of tall trees becomes disable accessible retaining its character as the school’s informal meeting place;

the DSA Arena, interconnected Gallery and Annex with all existing courts and support facilities refurbished and disabled accessible;

the Garden. Meandering below the wild vegetation and dense foliage, an elliptical seating arrangement provides innumerable opportunities for isolation, resting, individual or small team working, outdoor teaching.

New horizon: A hovering canopy links the school campus into a unifying architectural assembly, provides generous, diversified shaded areas and regulates daylight. Characterized by lightness and transparency, the canopy becomes a new locus for the school community; a space of encounter, learning, as well as an events’ stage. During the day the canopy becomes a translucent veil and a patchwork of textures and shades while at night, a landmark in the school’s context. The integrated photovoltaic elements [BiPV] will provide electricity to illuminate the school’s grounds.


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HOUSE B 2014 residential Crete Greece
HOUSE L 2016 residential, research Antiparos Greece
LANDHOTEL SILVESTAR 2016 commercial, residential, hospitality Motovun Croatia
AS IF 2014 residential, research Mykonos Greece
HOUSE E 2016 residential Artemida 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
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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
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LAKE APARTMENTS 2012 residential Bodensdorf Austria
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LARNACA AGORA 2011 public Larnaca Cyprus
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RATHAUSPARK 2009 public Vienna Austria
TOWNHOUSE K 2009 residential Nafplion Greece
VILLA W1 2008 residential Corfu Greece
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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
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EXHIBITION 102x 2006 exhibition Athens Greece
HOUSE M 2004 residential Athens Greece
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DARNITSA DEVELOPMENT 2003 commercial Kiev Ukraine
TRANSITIONAL INTERSTICES 2003 residential Ano Liosia Greece