In an agricultural plot of 4,000 m2, among olive trees, oleanders and cypress trees in Boeotia, the Greek architectural office A31 designed the new workshop of the painter and sculptor Alexandros Liapis. Additionally, part of the surrounding area became an outdoor sculpture gallery, hosting the artist’s creations, which made the whole project a two-fold challenge.
The building is constructed with visible concrete and its special characteristic is a vault as crowning, an architectural element that was widely used from antiquity to Modernism, which interacts with the intimate space of the artist’s house, the “cell.”
This new art studio is oriented along a north – south axis and its orthogonal plan view is divided into three zones. The first zone is where the artist lives, the second zone is where he works, and the third zone, the attic, serves as warehouse space. A minimal rectilinear staircase, with cantilevered concrete steps, visually connects the two levels of the building and at the same time serves as exhibition stands.
The windows, which are horizontal sections in the building cell, have been placed in certain spots based on the sun’s trajectory and the required interior lighting and cross ventilation. The building is exclusively constructed with concrete, oxidised metal frames and industrial flooring. The rough and monochromatic style of the building affects, and is affected by, the art projects of Mr. Liapis, and thus creates a seamless sculptural result.
Are there any workshops in the country you live, that are also architectural achievements?
Credits : Images by the photographer Yiannis Hadjiaslanis and data linked to sources.
The original article, published in Greek, can be found here.