European Union Bioclimatic School in Crete

European Union Bioclimatic School in Crete. 2013

    Sofia Tsiraki, Katerina Daskalaki, Fotis Zapantiotis

Participation in international architectural competition 2013. The proposal seeks to respond simultaneously on three interrelated issues (multiculturalism, innovation in education, sustainable design). The specific characteristic of the terrain, as a modulating receptor or a protected 'container' forms a natural cavity. The conceptual idea highlights the context and the natural cavity, and achieves to transcript this receptor to a natural "vessel of life", that maintains educational, social, cultural and bioclimatic features.
Thus the spiral swirling trace folds and unfolds around a center that forms an internal educational and “protected” social space and also, a natural cistern. The cistern collects rainwater from the terrain and the roofs of the buildings, and so the element of water is utilized as an essential factor of sustainable, bioclimatic design.