Long Center

Project Description

Utilizing built form as a strategic carrier of culture in opposition of the status quo, the project links the disconnected suburban mountain communities to the east with the sea to the west while simultaneously cutting the massive Hellinikon airport into distinct zones. This new linear centrality is a moment of productive tension and transition between the expansive landscape of the airstrip and the dense energetic randomness of the sprawling polykatoikia. Clear intentions and means of operation make the monumentality of the architecture an accepted and pro-active participant in the city.

The long and wall-like nature of the architecture evokes imagery of the ‘Long Walls’ of Ancient Greece that connected Athens to the port city of Piraeus, while simultaneously presenting itself as a modern day stoa and processional urban experience not unlike the Acropolis or the ancient city of Delphi. As a pair of long buildings, the two housing lines converse across a newly established and hybridized linear park while opportunistically enhancing and introducing shared programs along their lengths. The parts and the overall strategic form collectively constitute a city that fearlessly and optimistically reintroduces an architecture that can generally be a more important and vital force in our lives while countering any preconceptions we may hold of what a city may be.