Μαρκόπουλο 2007

Municipal Daycare in Markopoulo, Attica

1993
Architect:
    Tassos Biris
Collaborating architects:
    Effie Vitzileou, Kelly Vrettou
Structural engineers:
    Theodoros Voudiklaris, Nikos Zirilios
Mechanical engineers:
    Giorgos Kontoroupis, Giorgos Christofilis
Construction supervising structural engineer:
    Marios Triantafyllidis
Designed:
    1993
Built:
    2007



We did not try to design a building which -in a way- would reproduce a child’s phantasy, just by exploiting the ingenuity of architectural form and its esthetic appeal. On the contrary, this functional daycare unit is also an introductory lesson about space syntax. And at the same time it is a friendly spatial game for its young inhabitants. It is the game of playing with architecture while living in it, in a special way that children know (and can) when architecture itself gives them the chance to do so. It is the building itself that makes the game possible. In essence, its design constitutes a series of basic architectural archetypes which join together as a functional and aesthetic «whole».