Water Research Centre for Young People:

The project was a study in negotiating the limits + the boundaries of public spaces.
The site presents a dual condition: the southern edge is bordered by the beginning of the port of Piraeus; the northern side, a level up, faces a poor residential area.

The configuration had to be as discrete + interesting as possible: from enclosed + intimate spaces for the students to open + public territories for the neighborhood. Building an urban façade with roofs rather than point to the sky, that was the challenge for not allowing the Centre to compete with its surroundings while creating an urban site-playground. Flowing through the buildings, water plays a major role.

The Centre consists of a public library with wooden slats, which is the landmark, a gallery for the permanent exhibition of an ancient ship, laboratories for module making + a café in operation independently from the whole.