Persephone's Earth


Architectural Competition

New office building, Elefsina, Greece

The city of Eleusis: Factories, industrial lands, and one of the most important archaeological places of ancient Greece where Eleusinian Mysteries took place as the celebration of life and death. According to the myth, when god of the underworld Pluto kidnapped Persephone, her mother goddess of agriculture Demeter was wandering in the fields crying. Only when Persephone comes back from the underworld the earth blossoms again.

Our concept is Persephone’s Earth. This earth that brings together the myth and the contemporary city, nature and time and contradicts death with life. In the beginning we imagine the whole site covered by the building. Five arcs subtract mass from it and create five public squares, one for each element: the city, the nature, the cement factory, the archaeological place, the neighborhood. An atrium in the interior, a large open staircase and an amphitheater transformed to a large stepping platform, lead to the roof garden. Full of local plants, this is a belvedere for the whole city with its glorious past and contradictory present. This is the earth of Persephone brought to life again, while building and nature unite again.




Architectural Design: Rena Sakellaridou, Morpho Papanikolaou (consultant)

Collaborating Architects: N. Tsompikou, G. Papanikolaou, A. Verteouri, K. Moustakas, K. Skalkogianni, G. Mprazioti, M. Parafesta

SPARCH RENA SAKELLARIDOU SPARCH PC / All rights reserved / 2019

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