Academy of Athens


1st Prize, Invited Architectural competition

A book that closes_a book that opens

The concept stems from the idea of a book that opens and closes. The pages of the book recall the movement of the vertical blinds that transform the front elevation. Subsequently, they result in its continuous modification during the day, as the building becomes more or less introvert.

The tri-partite division of the Neoclassical Building of the Academy of Athens is transformed to the solid prism of the ground floor, the main body of the building and the penthouse and roof on top. The vertical structure of the Academy's openings is transformed to the marble blinds which become the main compositional feature. The front elevation completes the urban front, while the other elevation gradually subsides, widens, welcomes and sets a dialogue with the Academy building. Due to the geometric transformation of the prism, the building is exposed towards Panepistimiou Street, in dialogue to the neoclassical building of the Academy.



Architectural Design: Rena Sakellaridou, Morpho Papanikolaou

Collaborating Architects:  N. Apergis, I. Kloni, A. Mpountouridou, E. Papaevaggelou, S. Cherouvim, N. Tsompikou

Civil Engineers: Pagonis-Polichronopoulos-Kinatos U.L.C.

Mechanical Engineers: I. Papagrigorakis & Partners L.L.C.

Geotechnics: Geosimvouloi L.L.C.

SPARCH RENA SAKELLARIDOU SPARCH PC / All rights reserved / 2019

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