DRW
Competition
CHANIA, GREECE

Care Condenser

National Concept Design Competition for the design of care infrastructures and a neighborhood park in the Municipality of Chania, Crete, Greece.

Our aim is to create an urban network of intertwined interior and exterior spaces that, in turn, constructs a complex infrastructure of care, health, wellness, play, rest, and coexistence of the various groups that inhabit the city. The three main programmatic clusters of the nursery, the day centre for the elderly, and the neighbourhood park form a centre for care, during but also outside the regular working hours. We imagine the overall site as a collective community garden that promotes participation and accessibility for all.

The arrangement of the distinct built volumes in the plot encourages the dialectical relation between the nursery and the elderly centre; a relation of a balanced coexistence, which, at the same time, provides the potential of their distinct use. Along these lines, the nursery building is located on the north side of the plot, far from the street noise. The spaces for infants are organised in a linear volume, while the spaces for toddlers around a courtyard; both meet in the central – compositionally and programmatically – dining area, which becomes the nucleus of the nursery and the neighbourhood life. The elderly centre is located on the south east corner of the plot and is designed as an easily accessible ground-floor level pavilion. The centre of the site is thus freed and dedicated to   the creation of the neighbourhood park that acquires in such a way a primary symbolic, functional, and sensory role.

Team
Elisavet Hasa
Platon Issaias
Theodossis Issaias
Giannantonis Moutsatsos
Alexandra Vougia
Collaborators
Chrysoula Korovesi / Architect, artist, graphic designer (Mavra Gidia)
Idil Kucuk / Architect
Ioannis Ladopoulos / Mechanical Engineer (DEKTIS S.A.)
Joan Negrescolor / Artist and author of children’s books
Alkimos Papathanasiou / Civil Engineer (EPILYSI, Papathanasiou-Papatheodorou O.E.)
Clinton Thedyardi Prawirodiharjo / Architect
Categories
Architecture, Care, Collective Equipment, Education, Landscape, Provision, Sustainability

About

Fatura Collaborative – Research & Design Practice, was founded in 2009 and is developing projects across a wide range of scales, from intimate objects and performance, to architecture, urban design and planning. We are interested in architecture as social infrastructure, in developing collective equipments, in the design of spaces of care, empathy and welfare. We design and research expanding new problematics about ecology, the domestic, everyday life and the city.

Members

ELISAVET HASA
ARCHITECT

is an architect and researcher based in London. She studied architecture in Patras, Greece, and currently is a PhD candidate at the School of Architecture at the Royal College of Art in London. Her research focuses on the intersections between social movements and the state apparatus, and centers around the ad-hoc infrastructures created for welfare provision during periods of crisis. She has practiced architecture in the UK and worked in the housing, healthcare, and education sectors in collaboration with public authorities and established architectural practices. Prior to London, Elisavet gained experience as an architect in Athens and Madrid.

PLATON ISSAIAS
ARCHITECT

is an architect, researcher, and educator. He studied architecture in Thessaloniki, Greece, and holds an MSc from Columbia University and a PhD from TU Delft and The City as a Project research collective. He is the director of Projective Cities MPhil programme at the Architectural Association, where he is also teaching Diploma Unit 7 with Hamed Khosravi. Previously, he has taught at the Berlage Institute (Netherlands), in the MArch Urban Design programme at the Bartlett, the RCA, Syracuse University and the University of Cyprus. His research interests explore urban design and architecture in the relation to the politics of labour, economy, law and labour struggles. He has written and lectured extensively about Greek urbanisation and the politics of urban development.

THEODOSSIS ISSAIAS
ARCHITECT

is an architect and educator, and recently joined the Heinz Architectural Center at the Carnegie Museum of Art as Associate Curator. He earned his diploma of Architecture at the National Technical University of Athens and an SMarchS degree from MIT. Since 2009, he has been practicing as a founding member of Fatura Collaborative, an architecture and research collective. His PhD dissertation, “Architectures of the Humanitarian Front” (Yale University), explores the nexus of humanitarian organizations and architecture and their relation to conflict, displacement and the provision of shelter.

GIANNANTONIS MOUTSATSOS
ARCHITECT

is an architect based in Lund, Sweden. He graduated in 2010 from the School of Architecture of the National Technical University of Athens and holds an MSc in Energy Efficient and Environmental Building Design from the School of Architecture of Lund University (2015). He has practiced architecture as a freelance architect in Greece and currently in Sweden (eg. Tengbom architects), where he works on a wide range of projects including small houses, larger residential complexes as well as care, educational and industrial facilities.

ALEXANDRA VOUGIA
ARCHITECT

graduated in 2007 from the School of Architecture of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. She holds the MSc in Advanced Architectural Design from GSAPP, Columbia University (2008). In June 2016, she was awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy by the Architectural Association. Her thesis dealt with the transition towards abstraction in art and architecture during the end of 19th and early 20th centuries, with an emphasis on interwar architectural modernism in Germany. Alexandra has been teaching at the AA since 2012, where she is currently a studio master in the First Year Studio of the Experimental Programme and a Programme Coordinator and Course tutor in the MArch Architecture & Urbanism (DRL) programme. She has practiced as an architect in New York and Athens.