Ηράκλειο 1983-2010

Municipal Cultural Hall in Herakleion, Crete

First Prize at the Panhellenic architectural competition, 198
Architects:
    Tassos Biris, Dimitris Biris, Panos Kokkoris
Collaborating architects:
    Giannis Rozos, Giannis Aggelakos
Structural engineers:
    Theodoros Voudiklaris, Nikos Detsis
Mechanical engineers:
    Giorgos Kontoroupis, Giorgos Christofilis
Designed:
    1983
Construction planning (B phase):
    2010



The building complex accommodates an exceptional range of different functions including a theatre, a multi-purpose hall, an experimental theatre, a cinema, workshops, exhibition spaces, a museum, a library, shops, a conservatory, a day-care nursery etc. It fills a hollow facing South towards the Venetian wall and the monument to Kazantzakis. The centre of the composition is marked by an open-air public square, which is unified by a large semi-open metal shed: a multi-level multi-purpose nucleus.