Framing the Horizon

Centre for Plasma Physics and Lasers (CPPL) / Rethymnon, Crete, Greece

Nominated for the 2017 HELIARCH Awards - Category: Public Buildings

Framing the Horizon
2500sqm research facilities housing advanced laser laboratories. A requirement for vibration isolation due to the high-tech lasers, the rather steep slope of the site and the horizon with the view of Aegean Sea led us to a concept that brings together the technological aspect, the program and the landscape.

In a dialogue among them, these three themes converge to a building that consists of: a solid base, the horizon traced through the transparent ground floor, and a linear floating ‘beam’, a suspended white line framing the horizon. A synthesis between the concrete / solid / earthy and the metal / white / floating, with the horizon trapped between the two.

The base is an independent structure, while the V geometry of the metal structure generates grid subdivisions optimizing the anti-seismic and anti-vibrational behavior of the building. The linear ‘beam’ houses offices and support facilities, while a ‘void’ ground floor houses the entrance lobby and the restaurant.


Architectural Design: Rena Sakellaridou, Morpho Papanikolaou | SPARCH

Collaborating Architects: M.Anthopoulou, A.Boudouridou, E.Papaevangelou, Ch.Tsiraggelou

Structural Engineers: K.Polychronopoulos, Ch.Makris

Mechanical and Electrical Engineers: EL.TE.ME. Ltd

Photos: Erieta Attali

SPARCH RENA SAKELLARIDOU SPARCH PC / All rights reserved / 2021

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