THE HANGING GARDENS | Athens, Greece
Nick Rauscher | Librarium: At-Large Nominated Project
ARCH 418: Architectural Design VII (Global Studio), Spring 2020
Eleni Katsoufi, Studio Instructor
The dense urban setting and fair amount of foot traffic near Athens’ Acropolis Museum and Grand Promenade led to the decision to house a Greengrocer on the ground floor of the proposed apartment building. The main goal, that the building connects the user to the city, the community, and the outdoors, is achieved by its community outdoor space that reaches overhead into the street on its south side, its elevated sunrooms with glazing on all walls that make the user feel they are simultaneously inside and outside, and its horizontal-layered and volumetric aesthetic that recalls the massiveness of the Acropolis rock looming over the city in the background.