AS IF 2014 -

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description research project for the Greek participation in the 14th International Architecture Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia
category Research, Exhibition
location Venice, Italy
built area various m²
Design Team

Stephan Buerger, Demetra Katsota, Spyros Ampanavos, Constantinos Petrakos


Taras Diachun


Exhibition Curators

Yannis Aesopos

design year 2014
completion year

The project as if is a comment and criticism to an established condition as much as an intentionally provocative speculation. A representation of reality through a vision for the future.

as: The Cycladic island of Mykonos is one of the epicentres of Greek tourism and a prime example of tourism development in Greece. On the western coast of the island, Ai Yannis, a formerly bucolic landscape displays typical signs of exploitation and environmental degradation. The panorama of Delos -one of the most important mythological, historical and archaeological sites in Greece-, the proximity to the town centre and the sandy beach, were primary reasons for the dramatic yet thoughtless development, transforming, within forty years, an unbuilt area of outstanding natural beauty into an illegal aggregation of irrational private investments.

Ai Yannis constitutes today an informal massive hotel accommodation with a total coverage of 33.500m2 offering 2.220 beds, twice as many as the legally foreseen for the given areas. The informal accommodation is organised in 113 units of second homes, with an average use of 4 weeks per annum, characterised by the established circumvention of planning provisions and the misinterpreted ‘commitment to the strictly mimetic formalisation' of the Cycladic tradition. Furthermore, in 12 ever upgrading 4 and 5 stars hotel complexes and 4 rental villas’ compounds, which follow the prevailing trends of Greek tourism offering an array of services, which can be enjoyed during a tourist season of less than five months and with an average occupancy rate of below 70%. The buildings with their extensive cascading outdoor spaces occupy a vast area of a total of 196.000m2 and spread through the network of easements everywhere, continuously demanding the extension of the area’s inefficient infrastructural network.

if: The abuse of the shore, the environmental degradation, the depreciation of the tourist product evince how four decades of ruthless consumption of the natural environment, conflicting policies and compromises to private interests, transformed this landscape into an irrational, out of scale and after all unprofitable investment.

The quantified data of this horizontal development is projected upon a hypothetical scenario of an offshore vertical assembly on a footprint of 27x27m and with a total of 84 levels above sea, equaling the total area as currently existing. Extrapolating occupational patterns, areas, programmes, a speculative stacking method is devised. At a ratio of 55% solid - 45% void various external areas are introduced in order to enhance the Mediterranean experience, which determined the scale and scope of the project.

The new unconventional tourism and infrastructural typology constitutes a destination in itself, all year round and ensures reduction of the ecological footprint, energy autonomy while preserving and unveiling the landscape with its idealized views. An archaeology of the future derived from the fragments of the present in the aura and light of the mythological past.

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K314 OFFICE BUILDING 2021 Offices Athens Greece
ROLLING GREENS - VILLAS B 2019 Hospitality, Residential Messinia Greece
HOUSE E 2016 Residential Artemida Greece
RADISSON RESORT SKIATHOS 2020 Hospitality Skiathos Greece
HOUSES A·2 2015 Residential, Hospitality Paros Greece
ROLLING GREENS - VILLAS A 2019 Hospitality, Residential Messinia Greece
ONE ATHENS APARTMENT 2021 Residential Athens Greece
ANNENHEIM CUBES 2012 Residential, Hospitality Annenheim Austria
RESTAURANT THALERSEE 2020 Public, Hospitality Graz Austria
STUDENT STUDIOS THESSALONIKI 2016 Residential Thessaloniki Greece
HOUSE H 2012 Residential Corfu Greece
BELGIAN EMBASSY ATHENS 2008 Public Athens Greece
VILLA S 2006 Residential Vienna Austria
OKZT OFFICES & APARTMENTS 2019 Offices Klagenfurt Austria
HOUSE A+B 2008 Residential Paros Greece
MAYRHOFEN STATION 2018 Public Mayrhofen Austria
UNIVERSITY LIBRARY GRAZ 2015 Public Graz Austria
PENINSULA 2019 Residential, Hospitality Paros Greece
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LARNACA AGORA 2011 Public Larnaca Cyprus
HOUSE B 2014 Residential Chania Greece
RATHAUSPARK PAVILION 2009 Public Vienna Austria
PX ATHENS 2012 Public, Masterplan Athens Greece
PX THREE CORNERS 2012 Public Athens Greece
HOUSE L 2016 Residential, Research Antiparos Greece
PX SIX THRESHOLDS 2012 Public Athens Greece
DASOUPOLI HIGH SCHOOL 2010 Public Nicosia Cyprus
CASPIAN SEA RESORT 2012 Masterplan Baku Azerbaijan
HOUSE T 2016 Residential Antiparos Greece
FERLACH TECHNICAL SCHOOL 2016 Public Ferlach Austria
OFFICE A 2009 Offices Athens Greece
CAUCASUS CONFERENCE CENTRE 2012 Public Qabala Azerbaijan
SUPERSTORE V 2008 Commercial Athens Greece
KYRIAZI DEVELOPMENT 2008 Commercial, Residential Kifisia Greece
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CLDC HOUSING 2020 Residential Larnaca Cyprus
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