The Quarry, the Theater, Movies and Beers
Open Concept Design Architectural Competition for the design of the surrounding landscape areas and the supporting infrastructure of Lycabettus Hill Theatre in Athens, Greece.
The Open Concept Design Architectural Competition “Lycavittos Pan.Orama” was announced in July 2019 by the Hellenic Public Properties Company (HPPC S.A.) and called for the redesign of the surrounding landscape areas and the supporting infrastructure of the Lycabettus Hill Theatre.
Mount Lycabettus, a protagonist in the founding myth of Athens and an active quarry from antiquity until the 20th century, is one of the landmarks of the city’s urban and environmental history. In 1965, the Mount entered anew the city’s collective memory when Takis Zenetos designed the Theatre of Lycabettus (1964-65) that added to its polysemous references outdoor concerts, shows and festivals. At the same time, we are interested in the different set of stories enacted on the plains and mounts of the hill by multiple generations and cultures of Athens.
Our intervention attempts to converse equally with all these individual and collective stories. It strives to highlight the complexity, ambiguity, and vibrant social history of the hill, which accommodates us all, maybe not at the same time or every day, but with respect and tolerance, not unlike the theatre’s sonic landscape.
Our project creates a flexible, fully reversible, and low-budget infrastructure which sits on a correspondingly dynamic and sustainable landscape intervention that preserves, highlights and updates the characteristics and history of the Mount and Theatre of Lycabettus. This infrastructure organises and houses the Theatre’s auxiliary services and public amenities, freeing the areas adjacent to Zenetos’s project from any structures.