MANTILITY’s Houses of Kards @National Library & Polytechnic // Athens, Greece
About National Library
The National Library of Greece (Greek: Εθνική Βιβλιοθήκη) was situated near the center of city of Athens. It was designed by the Danish architect Theophil Freiherr von Hansen, as part of his famous Trilogy of neo-classical buildings including the Academy of Athens and the original building of the Athens University. It was founded by Ioannis Kapodistrias. The Library has moved from this historic neoclassical building in downtown Athens to its new premises at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre (SNFCC).
About Athens Polytechnic
The National Technical University of Athens, sometimes known as Athens Polytechnic, is among the oldest higher education institutions of Greece and the most prestigious among engineering schools. Its traditional campus, located in the center of Athens on Patision Avenue, features a suite of magnificent neo-classical buildings by architect Lysandros Kaftantzoglou (1811–1885).
About MANTILITY’s Houses of Kards by Konstantinos Fidanis
From a very young age, the house used to be quite simple to our childish eyes, it was just a square with a simple roof regardless of the house we used to live in. To be more specific, the square is the shape of logic and safety while it is the most ‘’digestible’’ shape form to the human due to the the easy and the wide variety it provides in order to configure it internally.
The sense and deprivation of the square shape is internationally common to every human being at every geographic and chronological state due to the fact that every population of the world through the centuries used square or rectangular structures without having lent architectural inspiration of other countries. We can witness the incident above just by looking at some example; the Japanese pagoda, a classic Tuscan cottage, the American modernism structures, the parliamentary Victorian residences in London, all of them have one main thing in common, a rectangular shape.
*The word cards is here spelled with a “K” instead of a “C” by the designer’s choice, as an interplay between the english and the greek word of the same meaning.
“God is in the details.” – Mies van der Rohe, architect
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