Portfolio virginia sotiraki

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  • A critical factor for the selection of this kind of project and its exact location was the glorious history of the island of Chios on wine making, with historical references to ariou-sios enos [ariousias wine, a red, sweet wine] even in Hom-ers epic poems. Strabo, a greek geographer who lived in Augustus era, placed Ariousia in a position near a small village, better known today as Kourounia.

    The sites identity could be best described as a deserted place, with an inclined ground and a bold relief, both offer-ing a spectacular panoramio. Around the site, theres noth-ing but vineyards, while the village can be seen at a distance of approximately 4 km. The site constituted an ideal loca-tion for the winery because of its proximity to the vineyards, which would result in the minimum harvest damage, while its northern orientation and the altitude (approx. 500m over the sea) would provide the ideal winemaking thermal conditions.

    The way in which the building would fit in with the ground was suggested by the simplicity of the landscape and the augmented importance that wine itself and places of its storage once had. Cellars, or caves as they used to call them in France, were initially trenches, or mine shafts, and only after the 14th century did they become the subterra-nean space in which, nowadays, wines are stored.This idea of a cellar as a bolt and a hole, led to an aggregate dive of the building which, apart from its conceptual aspect, would offer stable thermal conditions throughout the year. Furthermore, a leveled spatial organisation permitted an energy saving product flow through gravity, taking full ad-vantage of the inclined ground.

    The spatial organisation emerged from the need to com-bine three tracks, that of the product, the workers and the visitors. In their bigger part they remain discrete, al-though in selected spots they intersect, without obstructing one another. The central axis of the winery is a stair, which runs throughout the building, ending up in the cellars. The production line is organised around this zone, while com-pressed by the sites morphology is converted into a devious one. Apart from that, the winery itself is a descent, since the products entrance is at the highest point and ends up in the sites lower part.

    In conclusion, there emerges a subterranean building, whose cell is partially exposed at the ground surface, reactivates the place and restores myths while rising from the soil.

    marlboro outlets // spiros papadopoulos architecture studio

    [april-july 2008]

    degree thesis // winery in northern chios [in collaboration with Archo Pischou. july 2009]

    Nowadays, people come across unexpected decelera-tions-pauses of their movement, when they have to wait which is something that they rarely choose voluntarily. Waiting is an unintended interruption, a disturbance of the programme of everyday life. Its start can be un-marked and unnoticed and its end is frequently uncer-tain. It is the meantime, the interval between present and an anticipated event. It is often named as wasted time, whilst it is the only case in which time passing is strongly understood, compared to movement and the environmental development.

    At the beginning of this research, there was an attempt to write down the waitings a man experiences, with the aim of creating a list, that would include as many points and situations as possible, where someone has to wait. Hence, a list emerged which organized and categorized waitings according to their theme, place,duration and human body posture. Those lists where enriched throughout the development of the research and they were further analyzed with references to time theories [H. Bergson, G. Bachelard], famous pieces of art [e.g. E. Hopper] and anthropological theories on typical behav-iours that are developed by people waiting.

    Part of the final presentation was the audiovisual ma-terial collected from in situ observation, such as pho-tographs and videos, or even recorded telephone mes-sages. Another outcome was the creation of both a printed and animated instruction manual on waiting, condensing all the conclusions made through the in-vestigation.

    special research topic // in between.waiting instants.[in collaboration with Archo Pischou. february 2008]

    Having visited Kinetta, one can observe the existence of 3 zones of sound nuisance, adjacent to the touristic spots. These are the new national highway, the railway tracks and the former national highway. This intense sound variations, from natural to artificial sounds, is the cause for focusing on a research concerning sound matters, such as permis-sible noise level exposure, sound variations according to different material properties, noise barriers, soundproof booths, white noise etc.

    As a result, the main concept is that of a vacation pack-age strongly connected with silence and pause, conditions that enhance a completely different way of experiencing a place, and that is through sound. Thus, Hanikian hotel is transformed into a vacation spot, where one can experience different sound conditions, through distorted sound situa-tions. In order to achieve that several soundproof materi-als are used, both natural and constructed. Particular hotel rooms are totally insulated, a garden is found at the 3d floor and a transparent swimming pool at the fourth, while on the semi-outdoor roof, the sites sound can be heard nearly undistorted, just a little decreased because of the six-floor buildings height. [http://press-pause.blogspot.com]

    architectural design studio VI // vacation package. [group project, september 2007]

    The aim of this studio is to examine the general condition of tourism, taking into consideration all the contem-porary types of tourist consumption, in order to create avacation package, part of which could could be the de-sign of a tourist resort. The area given for this research is the seaside, athenian suburb of Kinetta, and optionally, its decadent hotel Hanikian.Recommended points of focus: cartes-postales, suitcase, lobby, room.

    Attention was given to two elements: The con-nective wall, made of apparent concrete and the discrete organization of functions which becomes more obvious at the first floor of the building. In the case of the new residence each function is boxed in rectangular masses which are per pair intersected, creating a closed system with an atrium in its core.Like in Villa dall Ava, the spatial organization is based on three discrete levels which are however combined with a proportionate roof elevation in order to maintain a standard height in each room. [common areas 0.00m, bedrooms -0.50m, workspace +0.50m]Moreover, the straight connective wall of Villa dallAva now turns into a meander that twists among the rectangular masses with a big enough width in order to enclose, and create at the same time, the houses corridors. The wall is becoming a dominant element as it is elevated one meter over the higest roof level.

    elective design studio IVa // selective contiguities. [group project. july 2007]

    The studio is based on a hypothetic scenario, ac-cording to which there are clients asking for a house, built next to Villa dall Ava by Rem Kool-haas in Saint-Claude, west of Paris. The brief re-search on Koolhaas residence will be followed by the design of a house that will, in any possible way, be correlated with the already ex-isting one.

    This method is divided in four parts:a. intuitive production of paper foldings b. compilation of relational objects, production of algorithmsc. diagrammatic representation of their quali-tiesd. transfer to another material, standardisation to an expanded design field [large+small scale objects]

    The outcome of my experimentation through sinuous paper transformations was a chaise-longue. That piece of furniture if only made by bent plywood would maintain its proportions and give the maximum of its qualities, such as partial adaptation to the users body.

    elective design studio IIIb // supersurfaces. folding as a method of generating forms. [individual project, february 2006]

    architectural design studio II // residence in volos [individual project,june 2004]

    A first approach to the problem, is the choice of a subjective, unpleasant spatial condi-tion, that of claustrophobia as experienced in a dark, narrow room with double the normal height. That situation will be used as the starting point for inventing my own variations and solutions to that hypothetical problem, affecting the form of the building both conceptually and structurally.

    The main points of interest are the interior lighting alterations in combination with a pepretually transforming facade, both ad-justed to the owners need for privacy at any given time. All the above, lead to a facade where conventional windows are replaced by frames that cover the biggest part of the walls, while a diaphragmatic surface con-sisting of vertical, rotating louvers, stands in for shutters and curtains.portfolio // Virginia Sotiraki ////////

    The summer workshops were initiated as a particular way to think again what architecture in a local frame could mean and how an architectonic investigation could be driven towards local phenomena. The third workshop (proposed under the name paradigmata) was selected to represent Greece for the 9th archi-tecture biennale of Venice. In this years works on shelves, the workshop will investigate the materiality of the archive and some literal possibilities for the con-structions of memory platforms.

    abstract from: http://www.kamworkshops.com/

    The result of this workshop is the invention of a re-pulsion-burial mechanism, an underfloor storage sys-tem. In fact, a three-dimensional grid creates recesses which will receive vertical, sliding, storage spaces. All