The Block

European Architectural Competition for the design of a housing and shopping complex in Metaxourgeio, Athens, Greece. Organised by GEK SA and DOMES, International Review of Architecture.

The proposal begins from the study of the relationship between the building and the broader area of Metaxourgeio, as well as the qualities of living in the centre of a modern metropolis such as Athens. The current condition of Metaxourgeio, as well as its adjacent areas, create the current complex and full of contradictions image of the old historical centre of the city. Young residents, refugees, new social strata choose and return to a life in the centre and there construct new neighbourhoods and small communities, reversing the previously degraded condition.
The design itself articulates a transition from the “urban environment” of the main street to the characteristics of the neighbourhood scale. The main volume emphasises the longitudinal axis and mirrors the public image of the street to the structure of the building. The other two volumes derive their spatial expression from the lower density volumes of the surrounding buildings. Typologically, the main invention here is the adoption of the autonomous two-storey residential unit and its architectural elements (raised ground floors, courtyard-passage as an entrance point to the houses, the smaller balconies, et al.) and the latter’s incorporation in a continuous building system. The building is organised on a primary and a secondary grid, which define the basic housing unit of 60m2. These dimensions allow for the formation of larger units by extending the grid laterally and vertically from the basic core.
Finally, the outdoor space of the complex was conceived as a single, shared space for recreation, play and social contact – a “multi-purpose” space for the residents. The design of this space, with its different qualities, the small outdoor living rooms, the use of soft flooring materials that enhance the microclimate, etc. highlight and emphasise a sense of communal and harmonious coexistence for the residents, while at the same time an aspiration to become a reference point for the neighbourhood and the wider area overall.

Platon Issaias
Theodossis Issaias
Giannis Kandyliaris
Ilias Papageorgiou
Leonidas Tramboukis
Alexandra Vougia
Architecture, Domesticity, Housing, Urban


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.



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.


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.


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.


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.


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.