Exhibition: 26.06.2014 – 06.07.2014

Studio 2

Isthmus of Corinth model scale 1:10000

Archipelago

About the show

Design work seeking relations between landform, ancient settlements, industry and sprawl in a striking city-landscape: the Isthmus of Corinth.

The contemporary city-landscape is an ambiguous territory lacking in obvious order. We propose the Greek Isthmus as a powerful example, where an ancient urban order - a refined calibration of existing terrain, building and open space - has been overlaid with contemporary urban expansion.

The character of this topography is extremely varied. Contemporary Corinth is a small coastal city largely constructed in the twentieth century after the older town was destroyed in an earthquake. The remnants of Ancient Corinth, the fort of Acrocorinth and other archaeo-logical sites are interspersed with industrial areas, semi-urban settlements and a fragile, mixed landscape of agriculture, retail and manufacturing. The disjointed condition of the Isthmus was our basis for constructing a thesis about designing in the city-landscape, or ‘terrain vague’.

Together, we examined a range of landscapes, from the Middlesex Filter Beds to Rainham Marshes, in preparation for the main design project: to set a strategic architectural ambition for a coastal site - Lechaion - between the centres of Contemporary and Ancient Corinth. Once the ancient harbour of the city, Lechaion is now dominated by industrial activity. Students were encouraged to work with the accidental coexistence of seemingly disparate elements: a flour mill, a protected (but mostly unexcavated) archaeological site, a disused abattoir, farms and a beach. Part of the challenge lay in choosing where to intervene. Through design we attempted to find an order which could accommodate the heterogeneity and ambiguity of this terrain, interested not so much in buildings as objects, but in an architecture which might be understood as ‘continuously unfolding’: a sequence of settings for human activity.


Exhibition details

Location Central House 2nd Floor
Course Architecture BA (Hons) RIBA Part 1
Studio Studio 2

Students' work

Studio 2

Isthmus of Corinth model scale 1:10000

Studio 2

Lechaion model scale 1:1000

Anna Pizova

Lechaion sea plane terminal

Anna Pizova

Sea plane terminal - section

Anna Pizova

Terminal canopy

Anna Pizova

Terminal and ruins

Anastasia Glover

Viaduct and landscape

Daniel Olafsson

Basilica and lapidarium

Daniel Olafsson

Lapidarium study, etching

Gustaf Hedberg

Centre for archaeology, perspective with collage

Gustaf Hedberg

Earthwork plan, collage of ground surfaces

Gustaf Hedberg

Archaeology centre – west elevation

Gustaf Hedberg

Archaeology centre interior

Kinga Augustyn

Archaeology centre, Detail of 1:200 working model

Kinga Augustyn

Archaeology centre - elevation 1:200 working model

Leon Willcocks

Harbour ensemble, Model scale 1:200

Mirko Solinas

Terraces of Lechaion, perspective montage

Riam Ibrahem

Archaeologist’s room, montage

Anastasia Glover

Walking along the Lechaion Road

Anastasia Glover

The Lechaion Road, montage view

Students

Year 2

Alexia Alvarez Reyes
Niyazi Aker
Kinga Augustyn
Raffaella Cuneo
Shyukriye Mustafova
Thomas Rebeschini
Leon Willcocks
Valerie Ziregbe
Marine Zub

Year 3

Petya Berberova
Luis Campos
Anastasia Glover
Gustaf Hedberg
Riam Ibrahem
Maria-Orsalia Louka
Melpomeni Manoliadi
Daniel Olafsson
Kiki Petrou
Anna Pizova
Rigas Potiropoulos
Mirko Solinas
Rupert Szyszko
Zach Vieira

Critics

Fabiano Andina
Iris Argyropoulou
Florian Beigel
Peter Carl
Philip Christou
Richard Cottrell
Pierre d'Avoine
Tony Fretton
Jane Mcallister
James Payne
Signy Svalastoga
Rufus Willis

With thanks to

Eleni Andrianou, 25th ephorate of Byzantine archaeology
Peter Beard
Pierre Blanc
Jonathan Cook
City of Corinth planning department
David Derby, Price and Myers
Adam Khan
Ryan McStay
Dr. Dan Stewart