The five finalists of the International Architecture Competition UPTO35, Athens
The aim of the competition is to encourage creativity among the next generation of designers while supporting architectural research and the implementation of contemporary architecture projects in Greece.
On June 29th 2009, OLIAROS, a young property development company, issued a call for architects up to 35 years old to submit proposals for the design and construction of a model, affordable student housing complex in Kerameikos and Metaxourgeio (KM), an area in the historic centre of Athens, Greece.
The competition seeks to elicit designs, which explore new ideas on urbanism and rethink existing housing models for communities.
Special emphasis was requested on exploring structures that consist of separate student housing units with the capacity to acquire a viral character within the urban tissue and sprawl into neighboring empty lots.
The competition challenges participants to rethink two traditional key studies for separate housing units:
i) The domus commune, a structure consisting of smaller units with shared facilities, and
ii) The shelter, which elaborates on the idea of a structure as an amalgamation of self-sufficient units.
Participants were asked to explore new building typologies that can house 18 students on the 200 m² lot at 34 Marathonos Street in KM, and can potentially sprawl in the neighboring properties owned by third parties, aiming at creating a contemporary student housing hub.
245 proposals from 41 countries were submitted and reviewed by the Jury Committee between September 11th – 14th 2009 at OLIAROS’ premises in Athens, of which 242 complied with the competition rules.
The Jury Committee is comprised of a team of distinguished architects with diverse backgrounds, and an influential practice on contemporary architecture plus the organizer. The Jury members are: Bjarke Ingels, Andreas Kourkoulas, Marcel Meili, Iasson Tsakonas, Yoshiharu Tsukamoto, Yorgos Tzirtzilakis, and Elia Zenghelis.
The Jury Committee decided on the five finalists, which are:
Entry _ID 3GMK28: 101DESIGN (MASAMICHI KAWAKAMI, YAUTAKA ONARI, TSUYOSHI SHINOZAKI) – Japan
Entry _ID N9ADTG: SOLID OBJECTIVES – IDENBURG LIU (FLORIAN IDENBURG, IOANNIS KANDYLIARIS, ILIAS PAPAGEORGIOU) – United States
Entry _ID U3778P: JOAO PRATES RUIVO + RAQUEL MARIA OLIVEIRA – Greece
Entry _ID WDPFBD: KUMS (MARIEKE KUMS, DIRK PETERS) – The Netherlands
Entry_ID XFG3UJ: SUPPOSE DESIGN STUDIO (MAKOTO TANIJIRI, RYO OTSUKA, YUKO FUKUMA, SACHIO INAGAMI, KEISUKE KATAYAMA, MANAMI UNEGAWA) – Japan
As a result of its collaboration with an ever-growing international network of architects, OLIAROS embraces the principles of contemporary, innovative, and environmentally-friendly architecture to create micro-environments that blend with and respect their natural and urban contexts, setting higher standards for
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