This project focuses on the housing block 155 (H.B. 155) in Nikea, a municipality founded on the outskirts of Athens, following the dramatic events of population exchange of 1922 (the so-called “Asia Minor Catastrophe”). Block’s width is 50 meters and height is 70 meters. Two side streets perpendicular between them cross the block. The centre of block is a public open-air space. The characteristic features of the block are the arbitrary and off-hand additions-extensions of the original building cells made by the owners.
Project’s purpose is to preserve the original building cells, to remove the arbitrary extensions and to build new ones in a way that keeps the “block’s entropy”. “[entropy]…this is therefore not about “inventing” new forms, new strategies, new programs or new sites as such. It is about reinventing them again and again, by submitting them to a process of continuous sampling, splicing, mixing…” (INDEX ARCHITECTURE, The MIT Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts 2003)
I searched for the basic forms of extensions in the specific block structure, trying to trace their typology. The dwelling’s evolution is strictly connected to the number of inhabitants that form the household. I chose to maintain the pattern that these extensions follow. That is, an arraying of small structures without a fundamental concept concerning the final form. My approach is the parallel or perpendicular apposition to the original building cells. This apposition is not about the level of the original cells but concerns the space as a whole. So, each dwelling can be developed in other levels too, besides the ones that belong to the original cells. That leads to the expansive habitation of each dwelling in space (e.g. Ground floor-1st floor-ground floor etc. or 1st floor-ground floor-1st floor etc.). The image of the H.B. 155 which is presented in this project is the result of the inhabitants/square meters ratio of each dwelling. The architectural designs of this project include: