'Places of Protection - Fields of Freedom'

Two workshops in tandem

“Shelters” consisted of two 6-day long workshops, which took place simultaneously, at the Mountain Refuge of Melissourgoi and the Mountain Refuge of Pramanta, each focusing on different materials and building techniques.

By virtue of both their proximity and distance from the fragile environment of vernacular settlements, Mountain Refuges seems to invite our building imagination towards creative adaptations of tradition. On the one hand, the adjacency to the settlements allows us to reflect on the significance of architectural types, as formal structures and as carriers of multiple layers of knowledge and meaning. On the other hand, the distance from those great ‘teachers’, invites us to ‘play’ and imagine the ways through which traditional techniques, natural materials and the unmediated relation to the actual work, could be identified today and thus express our current values.

In this manner ‘Shelters’ are introduced as places of protection as well as grounds of a certain freedom. During our stay, we attempted to probe contemporary interpretations of tradition’s teachings, by engaging with two experimental constructions. Within this framework, those willing to participate were asked to choose between two topics, concerning the practical part of the workshops:

A. STONE - CLAY: Rearranging the traditional wood-fired oven.

Drawing from the traditional typology, and also from contemporary adaptations, the new wood-fired oven of the Melissourgoi Shelter was constructed with local stone, as well as, fired clay bricks and mud plasters for the dome. The local stone mason Pavlos Vihas and the earth construction specialist, Christos Kiriakogonas (member of Natural Building Collaborative), were the instructors during the building process.

B. WOOD: Introducing a treehouse in Tzoumerka

The treehouse, which the family running the Shelter of Pramanta has been longing for, was constructed entirely out of wooden parts using traditional joints. The building process was led by Tryfonas Papaioannou, a local carpenter from the village of Kypseli and the architect - carpenter Giorgos Karvelas.

To see the full description of “Shelters” click here

Date: 01/05/2019 - 07/05/2019

Sponsors: Dalkafoukis Oikos, Stergiou ABEE, Mpougias Stones, Mr Bill

Photo credits: Pietro Radin, George Zoilis, Anna Lagaria

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