text project list
description 430 ha metropolitan park and 100 ha urban development, open competition, shortlisted
category masterplan
location Athens, Greece
built area 5.300.000 m²
design team

Stephan Buerger, Davide Canali, Michalis Cosmas, Demetra Katsota, Roberto Pasini, Andrea Ranieri


aSIAN (landscape design)

client Hellenikon Development Authority
design year 2004

de-compressing Athens: The proposal envisions the 'Hellenikon’ as a large 'decompression chamber' for the Athens Metropolitan agglomeration, a contrast and a compliment, a diverse but consistent alternative spatial condition. The proposal entails first the maintenance of a critical mass for the Project, second the unfolding of a series of 'connections' to urban infrastructure networks and third the building of 'ecology-corridors'.

de-compressing The Park: To address the dialectic of how to 'engage' nature in an urban environment, the project proposes to locate the program required by the brief in programmatic hyper-concentration zones-areas (the 'Olympic Plaza', 'the Promenade on the Park' and 'the Park Development'), in order to ‘de-compress’ the Park's biotope areas from disturbances associated with high capacity programming.

This strategy supported by a series of techniques (typological innovations, physical and programmatic interfaces, exploration and experiential devices) allows for areas to become interconnected and interwoven.

de-compressing The Soil: The Project proposes a series of 'land operations' that aim to re-invigorate the soil and promote the evolution of a diverse ecology. The operations, that resemble agricultural processes, involve the setting up and administering of land cut-and-fill works, water systems and vegetation processes.

de-compressing The Management issue: The strategy involves first the parceling of the site into three main areas, (Park Development, Park and Olympic Complex), second the drafting of rule-based development blueprints and third the overlay of a virtual 'quilt of patches', an administrative system that can frame lots to be leased. In addition, an 'operational urban ecology' is proposed that ties the park with local and trans-local publics.

Title Year Type Locaction Country
RADISSON RESORT SKIATHOS 2020 hospitality Skiathos
PENINSULA 2020 residential, hospitality Paros Greece
VILLAS A 2019 residential, hospitality Costa Navarino ,  Messinia Greece
OKZT HUB 2018 offices Klagenfurt Austria
RESTAURANT THALERSEE 2020 public, hospitality Graz Austria
VILLAS B 2019 residential, hospitality Costa Navarino ,  Messinia Greece
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