Studio 2

Usettled

Studio 2 have been working in the Greek province of Mani, a sparsely settled landscape of dramatic beauty, rich in archaeological material.

The site for our design research included the remains of the ancient city of Kainipolis, and an abandoned settlement dating approximately from the end of the 18th century. This collection of fragments is set among olive groves and extensive dry stone terracing.

The brief for the main project was to provide accommodation for two kinds of ‘gathering’ or temporary home: for archaeologists and 'cultural tourists'. The program suggests how building within this particular landscape might be approached with a keener understanding of the character of Mani than is displayed in the region's contemporary individualistic pattern of development. This requires a critical stance towards the order of the existing landscape and the region’s archaeological and architectural heritage.

We characterised the year as ‘unsettled’. With this theme we tried to capture an important characteristic of Mani, but also to suggest the 'unsettling' aspect which is inherent in architectural research: the critical distance required from familiar things.

Travelling to Greece, we focused on the relationship between building and landscape, from ancient Athens to the work of twentieth century Greek architects (Pikionis, Konstantinidis) whose buildings seem at the same time ancient and modern, abstract and vernacular, both part of the landscape and distinct from it. Through intensive sketching, site survey and model making, students have developed proposals which form the basis of a personal investigation into the meaning of topography and the interconnection of settings which people inhabit, between building and landscape.

1:500 ‘earthwork’ model Stefan Hurrell

Details

Course Architecture BA (Hons)

Images

 Model of Mani peninsula
Studio 2 Mani Peninsula

Group work 

 Site model showing dry stone walls and ruin network
Studio 2 Site Model Dry Stone Walls

Group Work 

 Earthwork plan and Cultural tourism plots
Earthwork plan Andrew Parry

Andrew Parry 

 Walking on the walls
Walking on the walls Brajan Kostrzewski

Brajan Kostrzewski 

 Pathway collage
Pathway Collage Jihyun Lim

Jihyun Lim 

 Perspective of cultural tourist settlement
Perspective of cultural tourist settlement Varun Nambiar

Varun Nambiar 

 1:500 ‘earthwork’ model
1:500 ‘earthwork’ model
Stefan Hurrell

Stefan Hurrell 

 Section of proposal looking south west
Stefan Hurrell Studio 2

Stefan Hurrell 

 Multipurpose hall
Multipurpose hall Stefan Hurrell

Stefan Hurrell 

 Archaeologists’ courtyard
Archaeologists courtyard Ryan McStay

Ryan McStay 

 Site plan
Site Plan Stefana Gradinariu

Stefana Gradinariu 

 View of lapidarium
View of lapiddarium Stefana Gradinariu

Stefana Gradinariu 

 Archaeology accommodation model
Archaeology accommodation model Stefana Gradinariu

Stefana Gradinariu 

 Model of archaeology complex and existing settlement
Archaeology Complex Nora Szosznyak

Nora Szosznyak 

 Archaeology accommodation – section
Archaeology accommodation Nora Szosznyak

Nora Szosznyak 

 Landscape strategy drawing
Landscape strategy drawing Johnny Poland

Johnny Poland 

 Existing settlement gardens
Existing settlement gardens Johnny Poland

Johnny Poland 

 Archaeology complex – entrance view
Archaeology complex entrance view Johnny Poland

Johnny Poland 

Wan Emir Astar
Christopher Cooke
Luis Ortega Govela
Stefana Gradinariu
Stefan Hurrell
Agnieszka Kowalska
Ryan McStay
Varun Nambiar
Andrew Parry
Johnny Poland
Aneta Ikwuagwu
Brajan Kostrzewski
Jihyun Lim
Tahban Mokree
Ibrahim Oraha
Sulaiman Quereshi
Nora Szosznyak
Leyla Yesiltas

Vassiliki Attart
Jonathan Cook
David Derby (Price & Myers)
Lesley McFadyen
Dan Stewart
Caroline Wilson (Julian Harrap Architects)

Alex Arestis
Iris Argyropoulou
Florian Beigel
Peter Carl
Pierre d'Avoine
Emily Greeves
David Kohn
Marina Lathouri
Nina Lundvall
Iain Maxwell
Inigo Minns
James Payne
Sabine Rosenkranz
Daniel Serafimovski
Luigi Snozzi
Sabine Storp
Felix Xylander-Swannell

En Athinais Arxaiologiki Etaireia (Archaeological Society of Athens)
Giorgos Dimakogiannis
Adouloti Mani publications
Gioula Kourakou