|This exhibition centre emerges from the transformation of an existing industrial building that is located on the site of The Hellenic World Park (Foundation of The Hellenic World) in Peiraeos Street. The design on the one hand explores simple functional issues as required by contemporary exhibition spaces, and
on the other, elaborates further on the already existing morphic dynamics of the particular urban landscape; a landscape whose character evolves from being formerly industrial to being cultural, in the future.
|The existing building was regarded neither as a background space for hosting art (exhibitions and so on), nor as a kind of industrial 'genius loci' to be revealed and manifested. It was rather considered as a morphic pretext for the design to be engaged in and to highlight raw construction-materials which, in any case, are found in abundance in the surrounding site.
A sense of materiality and recycling is highlighted throughout the building where the overstatement and excessive use of raw materials provide an art-context for the whole building. This is done through the use of massive rocks, rusty iron sheets, blocks of stone enclosed in pre-cast wire, paper tubes, paving slabs, wood and so on, creating forms which are simultaneously ‘ephemeral’ and ‘permanent’. These are forms that operate simultaneously on micro and macro-scale levels and which are destined to persevere time, ever recurring to inspire future functions as well as new structures.
Elements of the external space penetrate into the internal, as the interior and the exterior are designed as natural extensions of one another. The ana-morphosis of Building 7 is part of a wider redevelopment of the area of the Hellenic Cosmos. It is guided by a broader 'micro and macro' spatial philosophy
Exhibition Centre of The Hellenic World Park, Building “7”
Nikos Georgiadis, Tota Mamalaki, Kostas Kakoyiannis, Vaios Zitonoulis
Julia Desli, Anna-Christina Sourlantsi, Pascal Wever, Joanna Karantza, Roula Kotsillati, Babis
December 2003 - April 2004