Temple in Democritus University

Temple on campus of the Democritus University in Xanthi

First prize at the Panhellenic architectural competition, 1999
    Tassos Biris, Sofia Tsiraki

The proposal includes the church as a (functional) reference point in a small-scale intervention, created as a micro-locus within the vast campus landscape. The short artificial mound is characteristic of the micro-landscape, which, along with the church, are prominent in the design. The church is effectively incorporated into a cavity on the terrain relief, and its place is protectively enclosed by the environment. All elements combine a succession of lines and marks along a promenade. The visitor engages in a reclusive wandering that gradually allows for an intimate awareness of space and its deeper symbolic meaning.