The design proposal concerns the Architecture Competition for the "Casablanca Bombing Rooms" on a highly charged site due to a bombing act in 2003. The project highlights the need for alteration and public communication and uses knowledge as the key feature.

“Chrysalis” aims to make a gradual transition from unawareness to knowledge as an attempt of elimination of any act of violence. This transition is achieved through a movement that emerges from darkness, penetrates a water layer as a sign of purification and results to the light.

The visitor follows a narrated promenade on a rising helix ramp that begins from the exhibition area underground and goes on as a journey of knowledge. The ramp is wrapped by a cloth shell producing an aerial and organic form leaving a humble imprint to the city of Casablanca. The light materiality contributes to that direction. The promenade is interrupted by several intermediate levels. A second cloth shell surrounds the levels creating semi-outdoor spaces that host the conference room, the classrooms, the administration offices. The public space, that includes the main library, is transferred to the upper levels (agora) where people gather, study, communicate and interact with each other.

The building works in an energy efficient way due to a geothermic system that uses the stable temperature and the thermal capacity of the subsoil. A water tank in a depth of 10m into the subsoil works as a cold capacitor keeping a stable 16oC temperature. A turbine is placed above the water tank and revolves in a slow rate. Due to the sub-pressure in the surface of the water that occurs from the turbine, the air frigidity is propelled through the building. Finally the warm air escapes from the top of the building resulting to an air renewal and thus a natural air circulation.


























About

Pavlos Chatziangelidis founded 314 architecture studio in 2004. He studied civil engineering in National Technical University of Athens 1996-2002 and architecture engineering in The University of Thessaly 2006-2012. In 2004 he acquired a Master of Arts degree in design. The name 314 of the studio, is inspired from the mathematic symbol π = 3,14 that is used to count the area of the circle. This reference is related to the philosophical dimension of the concept of the circle. The basic characteristic of his design beside the ecological, social and programmatic dimensions of the project, is the creation of a shell that urges the user to experience an abstraction.


Awards:


H_3 house in Athens:
Official Nomination for 2015 Mies Van der Rohe European Union prize.
Official Nomination for 2015 Piraneski Dnevi International awards.
H_3 was among '20 most popular projects' on the worlds most visited architecture magazine 'Archdaily' for 2013.
First prize on "30 Years of Architecture" by KTIPIO for 2016.

H_34 apartments in voula:
Official Nomination for 8th Greek Architecture Biennale.

C_29 optical shop:
Architizer A Awards 2016 "Special Mention"

Other distinctions:
1st prize Exploring the boundaries awards. 1st prize 2013 'Greek Architects' website thesis awards.

Our work has been presented in many Architecture exhibitions and has been published in worlds most popular books, magazines and websites. Our H_3 project has been filmed on documentary for Argentina and Katar television.
The studio has published it's works on worlds most popular international architecture magazines and newspapers such as: • Archdaily • Designboom • Dezeen • Architizer

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Workshop: Mpotsari 12, Glyfada
Athens, Greece, Europe, 166 75
Mob: +30 6947727229
Tel: +30 2130385811
Website: www.314architectutestudio.com
email: 314architecturestudio@gmail.com