“Cité de Refuge”
Venice Biennale 2016
“The abstract ideas of the architect take precedence. Those who reside there, are patients of social diseases and harbor there for a catharsis / cure through the architecture”
As social gears are again (or still are) in complete turmoil, having been caused, on one end, by the frequently violent mobility of populations and on the other end, by the financial crisis due to which many buildings are empty, we choose to infiltrate the tower of Piraeus – an exemplary modernist construction, which nowadays is just unused building, merely a construction stock. Our proposal concerns the reuse of this structure, as a center for the temporary housing of asylum seekers. A typical, low-cost housing unit modeled on flat-pack furniture is placed within the existing structure of the tower to provide temporary shelter.
Design Research, Exhibition
Iason Pantazis, Evangelos Pantazis, Dionysis Dikefalos