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"Fertile City" - Giannis Giannoutsos - Greece

Giannis Giannoutsos

Giannis Giannoutsos

Giannis Giannoutsos was born in Agrinio, Greece in 1986. He is an Architect (National Technical University of Athens 2005 - 2011) and a Visual Artist (Athens School of Fine Arts 2012 - 2015). In 2015, realizing the close relationship between Architecture and Visual Arts, he establishes his Architectural office and workshop in the center of Athens, a common space where young architects and artists collaborate on projects. In addition, the need to belong in a wider creative and scientific community is constantly expressed by the participation in national and international architectural and art exhibitions, among them the 8th Biennale of Young Greek Architects (2015), the International Conference on the constructed Environment in Venice (2011) and Lisbon (2014), the U.I.A. Exhibition of Contemporary Greek Architecture in Moscow (2016). He has been awarded many prizes in Greek and International Architectural Competitions. During the period 2014 - 2015, he worked at the School of Architecture NTUA as a scientific associate and teaching assistant in Architectural Design Studios. In 2016, he teaches Architectural composition at the department of Architecture at the University of Thessaly. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the Athens School of Architecture, N.T.U.A. He lives and works in Athens as an Architect and a Visual artist.

Project Description

Archaeological Thematic Museum of Piraeus 

The museum, introverted and self-reliant, pregnant within the mass of the artificial soil, which is to create a new level of city conversing directly with both the archaeological site and with the backdrop of the harbor and the "neighborhood" of museums. This level point-breaks and folds the bowels of the museum bringing in contact two levels of the museum and the city. Above ground reconstituted hover the bell of the museum, a pure prismatic volume conversing with other benchmarks of Piraeus.

The museum was established on a synthetic base line, which is the path of the visitor. The course starts at the level of the projection square and is plotted along the inclined wall, which penetrates the mass of the new ground and it organizes the composition, creating the lobby and guest service areas as a synthetic "wedge" that activates the museum.

At the end of the site the start of a single coil is located, along which the five themes of museological study are arranged as independent entities in the spacetime of the museum. The path leads to a sitting area in the heart of the structure of the building, offering direct visual contact with the recreational spaces of the museum.
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