Photos courtesy of Aristide Antonas
OPEN AIR OFFICE
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.
The ANTONAS office is a nomadic architecture office, mostly constituted as a collaborative platform in the web. It was established by Aristide Antonas together with some stable collaborators such as Katerina Koutsogianni, Yannikos Vassiloulis and others. ANTONAS office uses basic office spaces in order to operate in Athens, Berlin and Nicosia while its performance is characterized as a system of dialogs. The ANTONAS office was introduced as a research laboratory of spatial practices; but it soon started operating as a practice related to idiosyncratic constructions. Founded in 2006 with the participations in architectural competitions the ANTONAS office became recognizable for its idiosyncratic representation techniques in which it combined simple 3d perspectives dressed with black and white photoshop realistic collages instead of renderings. The technique organized the office production in a distance to the rendering rationale; a “down to reality” strategy was also defining the office’s philosophy of practice. A collaboration with Law Theory specialist Thanos Zartaloudis was crucial for the most recent phase of Aristide’s work, shown in a solo show in Basel’s Swiss Architecture Museum. This last phase includes two built projects; the Agglomeration of Empty Shops by the Onassis Foundation and the Open Air Office by the Remap Biennial of Athens and challenges the importance of the web as a creator of different programs for architecture.
Agglomeration of Empty Shops – Athens, Greece – 2014
Open Air Office – Athens, Greece – 2011
The Amphitheater House – Hydra, Greece – 2007
The Country Office – Euboea, Greece – 2003
Pattakis bookshop – Athens, Greece – 2000
Project work in progress:
Elevator house – Antiparos, Greece
Open air house – Antiparos, Greece
Small house – Hydra, Greece
Area for sleep – Athens, Greece
Bed museum – Athens, Greece
Project selected for Archmarathon: OPEN AIR OFFICE