PX ATHENS 2012 - 2015

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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
built area various m²
Design Team

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





client Paradeigmatos Harin, Non-for-Profit Organisation
design year 2012
completion year 2015

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
STUDENT STUDIOS PATRAS 2007 Residential Patras Greece
LANDHOTEL SILVESTAR 2016 Hospitality Motovun Croatia
K314 OFFICE BUILDING 2021 Offices Athens Greece
ROLLING GREENS - VILLAS B 2019 Hospitality, Residential Messinia Greece
HOUSE E 2016 Residential Artemida Greece
RADISSON RESORT SKIATHOS 2020 Hospitality Skiathos Greece
HOUSES A·2 2015 Residential, Hospitality Paros Greece
ROLLING GREENS - VILLAS A 2019 Hospitality, Residential Messinia Greece
ONE ATHENS APARTMENT 2021 Residential Athens Greece
ANNENHEIM CUBES 2012 Residential, Hospitality Annenheim Austria
RESTAURANT THALERSEE 2020 Public, Hospitality Graz Austria
STUDENT STUDIOS THESSALONIKI 2016 Residential Thessaloniki Greece
HOUSE H 2012 Residential Corfu Greece
BELGIAN EMBASSY ATHENS 2008 Public Athens Greece
VILLA S 2006 Residential Vienna Austria
OKZT OFFICES & APARTMENTS 2019 Offices Klagenfurt Austria
HOUSE A+B 2008 Residential Paros Greece
MAYRHOFEN STATION 2018 Public Mayrhofen Austria
UNIVERSITY LIBRARY GRAZ 2015 Public Graz Austria
PENINSULA 2019 Residential, Hospitality Paros Greece
VILLA W1 2008 Residential Corfu Greece
APARTMENT BUILDING STD3 2022 Residential Athens Greece
CING LABORATORY BUILDING 2018 Public Nicosia Cyprus
FERANT GARDEN APARTMENT 2018 Residential Ljublijana Slovenia
SCHLOSSMUSEUM LINZ 2006 Public Linz Austria
THREE SPACES 2013 Exhibition Athens Greece
KUBAN RIVERSIDE HOTEL 2013 Hospitality Krasnodar Russia
AS IF 2014 Research, Exhibition Venice Italy
COOP BANK HEADQUARTERS 2012 Commercial, Offices Nicosia Cyprus
6 VOIDS: PXATHENS 2012 Exhibition Venice Italy
LARNACA AGORA 2011 Public Larnaca Cyprus
HOUSE B 2014 Residential Chania Greece
RATHAUSPARK PAVILION 2009 Public Vienna Austria
PX ATHENS 2012 Public, Masterplan Athens Greece
PX THREE CORNERS 2012 Public Athens Greece
HOUSE L 2016 Residential, Research Antiparos Greece
PX SIX THRESHOLDS 2012 Public Athens Greece
DASOUPOLI HIGH SCHOOL 2010 Public Nicosia Cyprus
CASPIAN SEA RESORT 2012 Masterplan Baku Azerbaijan
HOUSE T 2016 Residential Antiparos Greece
FERLACH TECHNICAL SCHOOL 2016 Public Ferlach Austria
OFFICE A 2009 Offices Athens Greece
CAUCASUS CONFERENCE CENTRE 2012 Public Qabala Azerbaijan
SUPERSTORE V 2008 Commercial Athens Greece
KYRIAZI DEVELOPMENT 2008 Commercial, Residential Kifisia Greece
KURA CULTURAL CENTRE 2013 Public Mingacevir Azerbaijan
CLDC HOUSING 2020 Residential Larnaca Cyprus
NOVARA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 2018 Public, Educational Vienna Austria
APARTMENT BUILDING DP30 2021 Residential Athens Greece