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ARCHITECTURE OF EARTH

1st prize at the International competition ‘Sustainable Architecture’ Fassa Bortolo, Ferrara, Italy.


The site of the diploma project is located in the center of city of Ioannina.The area is separated in upper and lower region, which leads to the zone by the lake.  This intention of the city is remarkable and thus the project is oriented to (focuses on) the unification of the two regions. The development of a new building is meant to integrate an already existing well-shaped cluster of public buildings, which aim at unifying the two regions. A public library with a reading room is selected to be the function of a new building, which will reinforce the effort of unification.  

  The central reading room is to be located within the park, because of the need for isolation.


  The building is located subterranean, with an orientation to the south. It attempts to be adapted to the natural landscape, defining however as well, the cluster of the buildings, which consists of new and old ones. With its arrangement, it tries to communicate with its surroundings, which refer not only to the natural landscape but also to memory.  

  It concerns a subterranean building with two wings. The southern wing looks like a fissure of the ground, forming the entrance. The northern wing consists of a ramp, which can take down the stroller smoothly, from the upper to the lower region, thus contributing to their unification.  


Architect: Ioannis Oikonomou