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description a project initiave for a network of six prototypical spaces for play in Athens
category public, masterplan
location Athens, Greece
design team

Stephan Buerger, Demetra Katsota, Flavian Lekkas, Thanassis Manis, Francisco Serodio, Mladen Stamenic

client Paradeigmatos Harin, Non-for-Profit Organisation
design year 2012

In the contemporary metropolis, the playground is the public space par excellence where social development, movement skills and team spirit for the younger are cultivated. The playground is the centre of the neighbourhood for both children and their parents: a place of exchange of information, concerns and knowledge, a meeting place but also a place for leisure.

The over 130 playgrounds of the City of Athens are defined in the city’s General Plan as sites for leisure and play at a neighbourhood’s scale. Nevertheless, the reality of children’s everyday life today offers limited opportunities for outdoor play, exploration, development of imagination and ingenuity as the time left to school children for play is limited. Most Athenian playgrounds are small or medium in size -approximately 250 - 500m2- catering solely for children aged 1 to 6 years. Unfortunately, the age groups between 6 and 12 years have been excluded as users as the equipment installed is addressed to younger age groups. The existing equipment includes only standardised toys: swings, slides, seesaws and activity towers. In the name of safety, playgrounds are fenced in tall, metal railings. Due to the standardisation and uniformity of the playgrounds, the interest of children justifiably runs out quickly. Reports show that many accidents are caused due to inadequate maintenance of equipment, surface quality and lack of supervision. Only half of the playgrounds currently meet safety certification standards (of the Greek Organisation for Standardisation - ELOT) for their equipment, construction and offered facilities. In fact, 63 out of the 132 playgrounds in Athens have to be rebuilt before the end of 2012 in order to meet standards.

To respect, reinstate and reconstruct Athens’ playgrounds is the intention of the PX ATHENS initiative. The innovation of the project results from an in-depth reading of the existing condition of the playgrounds in the centre of Athens in terms of their characteristics and specificities -nature, topography, built environment, history, etc- which in turn defined 7 principles for their redesign. The envisioned PX ATHENS’ playgrounds will offer to users the ‘in-situ’ joy of discovering nature, confirmation of physical skills and social coexistence in a perfectly safe yet autonomous and cohesive environment. Moreover, the interconnection of the playgrounds will offer a virtual and digital network of play in the city, in which everyone, -young or old- will have unlimited -real but also virtual- access.

The PX ATHENS initiative of the non-for-profit organisation ‘Paradeigmatos Charin’ is developed in partnership with the Municipality of Athens and is being implemented with a pilot project of 10 playgrounds scattered in the central neighbourhoods of the city.

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