Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Technology museum - [Thessaloniki]

Thessaloniki Science Center & Technology Museum is an organization that promotes the popularization of science. It was founded back in 1978. The new building was finished during the end of 2004. The building complex covers an area of 14.000 sq.m. in the region of Thermi, near Thessaloniki. The construction budget was 29.000.000€.

The new building of the Technological Museum was constructed on land granted by the municipality of Thermi with a total area of 48.000 sq.m.

The complex consists of:

  • Technology museum: Contains exhibitions about the history of science and technology. The museum hosts a reproduction of the ancient "Antikythera" computing mechanism that has been dated to about 80 B.C.

  • Planetarium: A Hemispherical screen with a diameter of 18m and 150 seats.
  • Cosmotheater: A widescreen cinema (17m x 23m) with 300 seats.

  • Virtual Reality Machine: A room with 18 seats with 3D images and movement

The architectural conception and design was by "Tzonos - Hoipel & Hoipel"

Official page:

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

CEDEFOP - [Thessaloniki]

Cedefop – the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training, established in 1975, is a European agency that helps promote and develop vocational education and training in the European Union (EU). Originally based in Berlin, Cedefop was one of the first specialised and decentralised agencies set up. In 1995, Cedefop’s head office was transferred to Thessaloniki, while it operates a liaison office in Brussels.

Cedefop works to promote a European area of lifelong learning throughout an enlarged EU. It does this by providing information on and analyses of vocational education and training systems, policies, research and practice.

Cedefop presents its information in electronic and printed media and also brings people together through the study visits, conferences and seminars it organises.

The CEDEFOP building in Thessaloniki is a 4 storey complex, with a basement covering a total area of about 9.500 sq.m.

The owner is the "Hellenic Employment Organization" and the architect is the lately famous Theofanis Bobotis. The construction cost was: 4.200.000€.


"Air Force Academy" - [Athens]

The Greek Air Force Academy has commissioned Meta - Architects for constructing a new Library and an Auditorium (Amphitheater) for its "Tatoi" campus.

The total area of the buildings is 6.000 sq.m and the project budget was 4.000.000€. The structural system of the buildings is comprised of concrete walls and columns which support steel trusses that in some cases extend beyond the concrete elements. The facades are insulated metal panels and double glazed windows supported on steel frame structure. The roof consists of corrugated insulated metal panels.

The Amphitheater occupies a total space of 3500 sqm. The main auditorium represents 1400 sqm of the total, the Reception Hall 1000 sqm, the Lecture Halls 800 sqm and the auxiliary spaces 300 sqm.

The Library occupies a space of 2500 sqm. This is broken down into the reading space of 800 sqm, the stacks of 1000 sqm, the administration and receiving space of 500 sqm and the supplementary spaces 200 sqm.

You can watch the construction progress here:

Semiramis Hotel - [Athens]

The Semiramis Boutique Hotel is situated in the heart of the green and rich suburb of Kifissia.

The famous industrial designer Karim Rashid was commissioned by Dakis Joannou to design and create Athens' first visionary design hotel. Rashid's design philosophy stems from a refusal to accept the day-to-day environment.

Semiramis consists of 52 rooms: 42 balcony rooms with pool or park view, 6 poolside bungalows, 3 penthouse studios, 1 semiramis penthouse suite. All rooms feature in-room cable TV, DVD and CD supported by built-in sound system, portable phones, high-speed internet access, air conditioning, multi-bar, and safe box.

Pool bungalows are built independently from the main building and have easy access to the pool and their own private garden. In-room facilities include rotating 42-inch plasma televisions with stereo sound, cordless headphones, and remote-controlled utilities such as hvac, curtain control, 2.4 GHz cordless phones, and digital locks.

As another unusual touch, visitors may, by pressing a button, scroll messages on their doors such as 'privacy' or 'please make up my room'.There is also video projection, holopro glass technology, dot matrix LEDs and other digital projection media throughout the hotel.

The Semiramis offers a meeting room of 150 square meters with glass facades

"Hotels today make you feel like you're living in the previous century. That's the last thing I want to do." - Karim Rashid

Official site:

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

THOLOS "Virtual Theater" - [Athens]

Tholos is a hemispherical "virtual reality" theater in the installations of "Hellenic Cosmos", the thematic park of IME (Ίδρυμα Μείζωνος Ελληνισμού - Foundation of the Hellenic World).

It has 132 seats and a total surface of 2.300 sq.m. , the construction works lasted for 3 years and it will fully operate from 2007.

The spectators can walk in the ancient "Agora", the street of "Panathinaia", the temple of Hphaistos and many other ancient monuments.

12 different projectors are used and 42 CPU's with 48GB of memory.

The spectator can choose in which direction to move using stereoscopic glasses and a navigation system next to his seat.

The president of the Hellenic Democracy inaugurated the new building (4.Dec.2006).
The responsible architect is George Andreadis.