1_200 models showing the general shapes of our building.
student project | Culinary Market School
“KEUKEN is a one-day food festival which addresses the issues of the utilization of city public spaces through the wisdom of the street-inspired culture. KEUKEN is re-questioning the role of the city and its honest correlation to the context of the everyday life.”
(text from the designers’ site)
“The project mobile hospitality (Mobile Gastfreundschaft) pays attention to an important aspect of our design work – the responsibility and the self-initiative in public space. The city plays as a space a difficult role. On the one hand it does not belong to anyone, on the other hand it belongs to all, but it is merely used by us actively, as it was in former times. It has decreased to the background of our everyday activities. Responsibility for the outdoor space, for most of the residents stops at their garden fence. The project mobile hospitality starts just here.
We were driving with the wheelbarrow kitchen, -table and ten folding stools from place to place to sit and eat in public space with spontaneously joining passers-by. At this big table, design meets delight and generates a very good opportunity to get to know each other.”
NOMA Lab in Copenhagen is a place for experimenting and evolving Nordic cuisine designed by GXN (Innovation Unit of 3XN).
Head of GXN, Kasper Guldager Jørgensen refers to the project as an Architectural Cookbook and says of the collaboration, ‘We move in parallel worlds. NOMA’s dedicated and creative engagement in gastronomy is similar in many ways to GXN’s experimental take on new materials and ingredients in the architectural world.’
TotaLAIKH (Street Market Architecture)
This project is concerned with the temporary Street Market as a unique commercial urban activity which accumulates products, events and social relations and is governed by specific symbiotic rules. Its timeless evolutionary course raises questions concerning its primitive micro-economic formation and almost parasitic character, which survives intact over time. With its inherent heterogeneity Street Market functions as a moving pulsating mass within the city. Despite alterations or temporary transformations that this may produce, the Street Market manages to be inexorably integrated, in everyday life, as a form of necessity. This inclusive heterotopic displacement is further intensified with the collection of makeshift display stands, within a purely urban environment (i.e public streets), a rather strange and foreign place for the objects. The commercialization and management of primary human needs, such as food and clothing, make the Street Market an agricultural activity inserted right into the heart of the city. Architecture constitutes a similar folk species, open to trading and negotiation. The architectural product, that is the building as a commodity which responds to needs of habitation, refers today to the experience of architecture as a deferred, an outmoded habit. The building daily negotiates its completeness in an effort to emerge as the most appropriate among a lot of competing products. A daily sacrifice on the altar of sales.
Collecting Public Domesticity
Re-electrify by Eriko Kawamura.
This project is about claiming the right to electricity. Collecting domestic appliances in a building generates collective electricity that public can have access. This electrical station is actually an open public space where people can use the domestic appliances interacting also as a community.
The General Building Regulation [greek ΓΟΚ] defines the regulations and the restrictions as far as buildings are concerned. Depending on the area, there are different floor area ratios, cover percentages and specific regulations applicable.
The floor area ratio for our site is 4.20 and the percentage of the covered area of the site is 70%. These numbers define a high density area in the center of Athens which means that this site of 470 m2 with a floor cover of 330m2 can produce a building of 1974 m2.
The new building can be attached to the adjacent buildings or keep a distance related to the height of building. Also for this specific site it is compulsory not to build until the building line but to create an arcade of 3m wide and 5m high or to retreat 3m inside the site.
Besides the above restrictions there is another one as far as the volume of the building is concerned. The notion of ‘ideal volume’, given from the setback principle, has shaped Athens after 1985, giving the escalated version of polykatoikia. The width of street, multiplied 1,5 times, gives the point of the building where the volumes starts to incline.
Akaliptos, as defined by the Greek General Building Regulation, is the obligatory space of a plot left uncovered so that there is no excess of the coverage rate or of the building coefficient that is prescribed in each area.
The implementation of the regulation of the Akaliptos in Athens has lead to the creation of an uncovered area in the center of each city block, which tends to be awkward and of the minimum size that is allowed.
The Greek General Building Regulation allows the unification of the Akaliptos of each plot within a city block creating an inner public court as well as the construction of small structures. Unfortunately, this has never been put into practice. Usually this happens due to conflicts between property owners and lack of common will. The unification is also sometimes difficult, as there is big difference in height levels between different properties.
It is within our intentions that we use the existing regulation so that we can unify the uncovered spaces of the plots. We have also spotted an entrance from Charilaou Trikoupi street and opposite park Navarinou. Through this entrance and the Akaliptos we intend to create a connection between the park and our site.