OPEN AIR OFFICE

ANTONAS OFFICE

Photos courtesy of Aristide Antonas

OPEN AIR OFFICE

ANTONAS OFFICEarchmarathonANTONAS OFFICE
emm. Benaki 118, Exarcheia, Athens 11473, Greece
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Category:
Workspaces
Project selected:
OPEN AIR OFFICE
Location:
Athens, Greece
Year:
2011

The Open Air Office (Υπαίθριο Γραφείο) was constructed in central Athens in 2011. It consists of a systematic transformation of small-scale objects into an urban condition. A system of tables, bookshelves and reading lights creates a public space for online works in an abandoned space of Athens. It challenges the potential of urban acts in the nowadays city, with the introduction of programs for Athens in a critical moment of its life. The Open Air Office oscillates between the refusal of any specific concept of locality (being linked to the “neutral” culture of immaterial labor) and a reverse emphasis on the local element; the illumination of a particular area of a decadent city center welcomes a global program. The office area can be used by those who do not use permanent working spaces or by people interested in unplanned or organized meetings for cooperation. It welcomes a number of people who find it useful. The materialization of the project used the framework of an art biennial to formulate answers about the everyday life in a decadent city center in order to see what architecture could be after the collapse of its stable past values. In this context the weighting between the old and the upcoming, between the designed and the non-designed is decisive. Bernard Tschumi characterized the Open Air Office as “the most programmatically inventive” project of the last years in Greece.

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