Gabriel Maia MOA Honorable Mention
The most fundamental question in designing on this site is to understand how a new building can coexist with, and respect such important monuments like the Acropolis, the ruins of the Olympian Zeus, and the Panathinaiko Stadium while becoming an icon for the city. A building that must tell the history of the most celebrated event of the world, and at the same time write the coming future of the city.
By realizing the importance of this juncture the proposal frees the ground floor for the city life, and offers a calm, bucolic place above the building to rest and contemplate the monuments. The intense and rapid uses of the ground floor is balanced by the peace of the roof terrace. The project is always alternating moments of intensity of movement and silence. It deals with the program separating the static from the dymanic functions by bringing the city into the site through a public covered plaza. The deep old history is burried, and the interactive and amorphous programs are suspended.
The special elements of this building are the cannons which grabs the outside light into the interior spaces. At the same time, they act as structural elements for the 90x90m elevated platform, and they host all the vertical circulation of the museum. Regarding museum necessities, the design provides flexible spaces, climate protected areas (lower level), and it enables arts of any size to be exhibited. Huge pieces can be located inside; the cannons, the public plaza, and the elevated terrace. This is a compact form that frees the views and give air to the tight street life of Athens.
Structure and Material
Five concrete cannons act as the structural elements for the elevated steel platform
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