Kindergarten of the German School in Athens

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Kindergarten of the German School in Athens

Contemporary Greek Building in Marousi – design by Potiropoulos D+L Architects

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Kindergarten of the German School, Athens

Design: Potiropoulos D+L Architects

Deutsche Schule Athen (GSA / DSA, also known Dörpfeld Gymnasium), is a coeducational independent, kindergarten, elementary school and high school in Marousi, Athens metropolitan area, Greece.

Kindergarten of the German School in Athens

The Kindergarten – of the German School of Athens in this case – is the first public building a young child comes in contact with, and hence, attributes to it a dilated importance.

Kindergarten of the German School in Athens

Kindergarten of the German School in Athens

The Kindergarten of the German School in Athens building was addressed during the synthetic approach not merely as function – as by convention we know – but as contributor to the actions of the small pupils, as material semiotic system involved with them through a network of interactive relationships.

Kindergarten of the German School in Athens

Kindergarten of the German School in Athens

This is an approach which is based on the stance that architectural space is not idle, that is not sufficient to measure it geometrically in order to understand it.

Kindergarten of the German School in Athens

Kindergarten of the German School in Athens

On the contrary, it constitutes an internal, inherent and transformable part of human daily life, closely connected with the social and personal “rituals” and activities.

Kindergarten of the German School in Athens

Kindergarten of the German School in Athens

In this perspective, the devising of “gestures” that will give new “displacement” in the educational effort by mobilizing mental and emotional reflexes of the child, describes the conceptual axis of the “idea”.

Kindergarten of the German School in Athens

Kindergarten of the German School in Athens

The established “neutral” proposals for preschool facilities that we know of in our country seem correct in one sense: about what they say; but what they do not say, what they omit, is the most important.

Kindergarten of the German School in Athens

Kindergarten of the German School in Athens

They are proposals based on “logic”, “order” and “safety”, but they are not proposals for running, for carefree wandering, for voices, for fruitful “contrasts”, for “hidden facts”, for mere contemplation, for situations “out of control”.

Kindergarten of the German School in Athens

Kindergarten of the German School in Athens

Thus, a need emerges: “to think the ‘unthinkable’,” as E. Grosz writes, “to imagine an architecture “outside” the boundaries of until now.”

Kindergarten of the German School in Athens

Kindergarten of the German School in Athens

Kindergarten of the German School – Building Information

Architectural study: Potiropoulos D+L Architects, Dimitris Potiropoulos, Lianna Nella-Potiropoulou
Structural study: Ioannis Vayas, Prof. Dr-Ing of NTUA
Electromechanical study: EM Engineering SA
Landscaping design: Eva Papadimitriou, Agriculturist – Landscape architect
Counselor acoustic study: Dr. G. Schubert
Counselor of color study: Vasso Triga, Artist/ Painter
Topographic survey: Ioannis Georgantelis, Topographer-Engineer
Study year: 2012-13
Construction year: 2013-14
Project manager: Ioannis Boubourakis, Dipl.-Ing. Architect
Constructor: Plethron Construction

Photographs: Charalambos Louizidis

Kindergarten of the German School in Athens

Kindergarten of the German School in Athens

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