GEODYNAMICS INSTITUTE, NATIONAL OBSERVATORY OF ATHENS
Location: Pendeli, Attica, Greece
Status: Under auctioning
Area: 2,000 sq.m.
Team ÍÏÁ supervisor architect Ch. Stavropoulou, associate professor V. Ganiatsas and architect M. Tsoukatou.
The new building of the Geodynamics Institute is being developed at the existing building
complex of the National Observatory of Athens on Mount Pendeli. The main intention of the
architectural design was the generation of a research centre for seismic activity able
to house educational and cultural events. The solution to this task was the development
of a building, bounded by a series of vectors that interpret the topography of the site,
reflected on the form of the building and on the interventions made to the surrounding
environment as well. The outdoor spaces that encircle the Geodynamics Institute integrate
with the existing research institutes by presenting ways of approach, while they can also
be used as spaces for open air educational and cultural exhibitions. The main entrance is
situated at the northern facade of the building, leading to the central lobby area,
which offers a panoramic view of Mount Hymettus and the Mesogia area of Attica.
The organisational structure of the new building is apparent by its four levels, each one
housing different functions:
The upper level is used exclusively by the researchers and apart from office spaces
includes conference rooms, a library and a reading room.
The level of the main entrance is mainly used for the circulation between the different
floors, while it houses a cafe, with the necessary dining areas and the offices of
the administrative staff.
The ground level, which is accessed by the entry space through a ramp, contains the
main two cores of the Geodynamics Institute: the amphitheatre, which is used for
educational and cultural events, apart from the hosting of conferences, and the
Operations Centre, in which the seismic activity in Greece is analysed.
At the same level one can also find the technical staff offices.
Finally, the basement houses all supporting functions, such as the spaces reserved for
electromechanical installations, storage rooms, electronics and telecommunications
laboratories, as well as the seismologic station of Pendeli which seats on independed
foundations to avoid vibrations.
The participation in the design of the new building for the Geodynamics Institute was completed voluntaringly free
of charge in the framework of our contribution in the refurbishment of the National Observatory of Athens building infrastructure.