Manolis Anastasakis - Gold Prize at the international competition "2011 Seoul Public Design Competition"

The international Design Competition «2011 Public Design Competition” was announced by The Seoul Metropolitan Government with the support of UNESCO. The goal of the competition was to gather proposals of various public urban elements as an effort to make Seoul – an UNESCO’s City of Design - an attractive place to visit, work, live and invest.

The “leaf bench” embodies the natural (ginkgo tree) and cultural (tree of life, unity of opposites) history offering Seoul a new stylish urban unit. It becomes an element of the city’s public equipment referring allusively to the form of a ginkgo tree leaf. This connection between the form of the bench and its location make it a unique and iconic element for Seoul.

A variety of available trims highlights the fluidity of the form. The available choices of different materials of construction for different areas of the city help it blend in without losing its design identity.
Proposed construction materials, in a variety of colors, are perforated stainless steel sheets, fiber reinforced concrete, high grade polycarbonate and bamboo plywood.The proposed colors are based on the 10 Seoul Representative Colors with the addition of natural bamboo finish.

"Flow of Life" Awarded project (honorable mention) for the Spiretec Competition in New Delhi (2011)

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Large building compounds are usually planned around specific units scattered along the plot. In our concept, land, open spaces and build are equally important and their single conception and expression can produce a successful design. Our proposal relies on two major landscape components that generate the Master Plan.

We propose the introduction of the neighboring water element in the form of a water channel at the “heart” of the site. Two esplanades develop along each side of the water channel 7.20m above the ground. These two main compositional elements offer with clarity a rich architectural space to a multitude of public areas: terraces, decks, walkways, steps, open air theatre, semi-covered spaces etc.

All spaces and both banks of the channel are unified by a structural ribbon crossing through the land from side to side. This ribbon is transmuted along its way to roof cover, shelter, cover for paths, bridge and building skin. In this design proposal the liquidity of the water became a solid organizational element and the materiality of the ribbon turned to a fluid and transitional space structure. The everyday life flows with them.

The textile spatial structure and form of the proposed ribbon produces composite but flexible and dynamic spaces and embodies basic principles of a sustainable and bio-climatic design while forming a building envelope interactive with the sun and the wind.

The materials used for the ribbon can be from conventional steel wires to high-performance fabrics such as synthetic and carbon fibres. The choice of materials throughout the entire project is guided by the intention of using local building knowledge resources and materials for the base of the structure (local stone and wood) while introducing new materials and technological advanced solutions along the vertical development all the way to the residences and hotel rooftops.


The Museum of Middle East Modern Art - MOMEMA

The Museum of Middle East Modern Art, launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, will be a celebration of the importance of Dubai Creek as a new cultural hub within Dubai as a global city. based on the form of a dhow, the museum holds a variety of spaces to exhibit Arts and Culture such as exhibitions, art galleries, leasable workshop spaces, auditorium, and amphitheatre for live performances and international festivals. In addition, MOMEMA offers a boutique hotel with 60 keys and a boutique retail promenade on the active Culture Village waterfront, as well as a high end signature restaurant on the top level, with 360 degree views of Dubai Creek.

designed by Netherlands from UN Studio