Subject of the diploma project is the public staircase at the crossroads of Laxana and Skopelou streets, at Ano Kipseli of Athens. The staircase belongs to a net of public staircases at the region of Laxana hill and it has special characteristics, which diversifies it from the others. Its borders to a block of flats at the one side of the road and some of its landings are used as entrances to the flats. Due to this fact, part of the private life of the residents takes place at the public space of the staircase, and gives to it a theatrical character.The social context of the region, is another point of interest.
The method of approach was based on the collection of anthropological data through a personal interaction with the residents. It was also based on an in-situ inhabitation of the staircase and on a record of it’s life day by day, for the period of one week. The purpose was to comprehend and present the specific character of the staircase, as a motivation for the creation of architectural events.
The data collection led to the distinguish of the characteristics of each step through specific names and to the final creation of two different conceptual staircases, the staircase of ascent and the staircase of descent. The spatial representation of the names, was the motivation, for the plastic constraction, of the space of the staircase. The proposal includes 7 civil rooms (garaz, hall, bath, sitting room, kitchen, bedroom, washhouse ), which are ordered into the public space imitating the arrangement of the interior of a typical home. It adresses to the block of flats of the neighborhood, creating a microcosm of private practices in the public space and of public ones into the private space.