INTERelationships is a pilot, sustainable, collective housing, supported living complex with public usages that hosts vulnerable groups of people living in a collective community. The social impact of the project is important because it (re)integrates these people with work and joint participation in a multitude of activities with city residents. It may thus become a cultural attraction where interpersonal relationships develop through social, cultural and leisure revenue-generated activities run by tenants.
Architecture, Construction & Design Awards 2020
First Award | Housing (upto 5 floors) (Concept)
Project Name: INTERelatonships
Studio Name: Yanniotis & Associates, Architects & Consulting Engineers
Design Team: Constantinos Yanniotis, Architect NTUA, Mechanical & Aeronautical Engineer University of Patras
1. Eleni Maistrou, Architecture Consultant, Architect-Emeritous Professor NTUA,
2. Yannos Yanniotis, Architecture Consultant, Architect E.A.U.G.
3. Vasilis Kalopisis, Research Consultant, Coordinator of the NGO “Petagma”
4. Konstantinos Gianniotis, Sustainability Consultant, Mechanical Engineer AUTH
5. Civil Engineering: Panagiotis Chatzisarandis, Civil Engineer AUTH
6. Mechanical Engineering: Alexandros Venetis, Mechanical Engineer MSc
7. Dr Dimitrios Klisiounis, Mech-Elec Engineer NTUA
Other Credits: 1. Konstantinos Xanthopoulos, Presentation Editing, Architect NTUA
2. Harry Arapantzis, Business Developer
3. Maria Yarmeniti, Business Consultant
Area: Residential Units 539 M2, Public Usages 996 M2
Location: Athens, Greece
Photography Credits: Constantinos Yanniotis
Fundamental aim of the project is to demonstrate that UD fits into buildings or complexes with modern aesthetics by proposing a sustainable dwelling model. Sustainability is defined in terms of Infrastructure (Zero Energy), User (Universal Design, Health Monitoring Technology, Community Living, Social Integration, Potential Job offer) and Operation Management (full Human and Spatial Resources Utilization, Zero Waste, Water Management).
The whole synthesis develops around the unobstructed z-shaped movement of the passer-by accessing the property, crossing through its heart via flat accesses and gentle rise ramps, entering the building and finally climbing up to the planted rooftop via the Stairwell Exhibition spaces. Scrupulous combination of circulation and resting areas offers relaxation opportunities. The passerby may cross the heart of the complex, make a short stop, cool and continue their course, thus contributing to the complex social character.
The complex consists of two Residential Unit Blocks and the Stairwell Exhibition Block that accommodates all circulation and connection paths. There are three entrances leading to the main courtyard, two of which are fully accessible. The z-shaped courtyard, hosts a swimming pool with pool bar, an indoor cafe and the exterior exhibition spaces visually connected to the ancient masonry relics found inside the body of the main building. The pool area nests in the restored perimetric neoclassical masonry, thus serving as a scenography setting. The ascending movement evolves into the Stairwell Exhibition Block accessing the creative workshops, the multipurpose room and the Management office spaces, concluding to the rooftop where the cocktail bar, the playground and the outdoor
screenings are positioned. These public usages are run by the tenants thus contributing to operational sustainability.
The morphological and functional incorporation of the masonry remains of the two, two-storey neoclassical buildings and of the ancient masonry relics. Both elements were preserved and showcased.
THE STAIRWELL CONCEPT:
The Stairwell can support other uses and serve as a useful space for tenants. The relevance and visual contact with the antiquities serve as a meaningful connection between modern and ancient art in its function as an Exhibition space.
As part of this development and growth, different typologies of services are incorporated, beginning with group homes, foster care, and then a variety of new and innovative services such as early intervention, family support services, supportive living and “related services” (e.g., supported employment, supported housing). The Apartments of the complex are designed in order to allow Independency, Accessibility, Privacy, Family (or Supporting Team) controlled intervention boosting self-esteem and dignity. A consultancy room equipped with the necessary fixtures and cloud server, serves as a small medical center for the health monitoring of the tenants. The Pubic Usages offer Supportive Employment opportunities, satisfying the Social Needs of the tenants through social, cultural and leisure revenue-generated activities necessary for the operation and economic growth of the Complex.
Fundamental aim of the project is to propose a Sustainable Dwelling Model. Sustainability is defined in terms of Infrastructure (Zero Energy), User (Universal Design, Health monitoring Technology, Social Integration, Community Living, Supported Employment) and Operation Management (Utilization of complex resources-both human and spatial, Zero Waste).