The project refers to three in a row buildings located in the area of Tampakaria in the vicinity of Hania. Tampakaria use to be a traditional industrial suburb specialized in the elaboration of mouton. Tanneries placed and shaped in order to fit the natural inclination of the site (ground floor on the upper level with the street and triplex on the lower level with the sea).
Our space contains elements of public and private character. An entire open house hybrid with hostels and meeting points of human sociability. The residence accomplished by the public utility units. The procedure of leather lavation that assembled in tanneries, translated as a water head unit come with all the procedures required as far as the human contact with water. In addition the vertical movement operation of the leather process maintained with the excursion started from the lower level to the upper end. The concept of hospitality expands to the public spaces, to the water mark, the laboratories and the library, finally meets the coffee house and the exhibition center.
Identification of Tampakaria is the intensely height difference between the street and the sea level so as the sense of disorientation which intensify visitors from the street surface. Function units does not tangent with the ground level and the guests walk starts from the street surface with controlled views to the exhibition center, the sea, the ¨steep¨ of the central atrium and finally the pool. The aim of the wide staircase that exists between the premises was the guest to be found to the centre atrium and then to approach instinctively all the unit functions. The empty spaces distinguish whether a motion or a vision, the path lights indicate a self direction and last the “chinks” illustrate the guest how seaside orientate the area. Units refer to the locals so as the guests, rooms turned by the sea and the water space near the ground level. Finally the working spaces complete the residence or they can operate independently. Also the guest meets the passageway unit that directs to the second floor which has more private spaces. From the sea level starts the public path which expanded step-by-step to the third floor. In all the guest directions, spaces transformed from residential units into public units, the magnitude of the light change and the spaces seem to lose and recapture its contact with the outside surroundings.