Students' Housing,
Athens (Greece)

OLIAROS, a young property development company, intends to develop a students' housing unit in Kerameikos and Metaxourgeio (KM), an area in the historic center of Athens, Greece. The historical Kerameikos and Metaxourgeio district (KM) is probably the least populated part of downtown Athens and one of the most diverse in terms of population and land use. KM being part of the "Athens historical triangle" is found to the northwestern side of the Acropolis and  is well-positioned for the subway, the national rail network, national highways and the city’s main thoroughfares.

Special emphasis was placed on exploring structures that consist of separate student housing units with the capacity to acquire a viral character within the urban tissue and sprawl into nearby empty lots. The challenges was to rethink two traditional key studies for separate housing units: i) the domus commune, a structure consisting of smaller units with shared facilities and ii) the shelter, which elaborates on the idea of a structure as an amalgamation of self-sufficient units.