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Sculptor Alexandros Liapis' Distinguishable Workshop in the Greek Countryside

In an agricultural plot of 4,000 m2, among olive trees, oleanders and cypress trees in Boeotia, the Greek architectural office A31 designed the new workshop of the painter and sculptor Alexandros Liapis. Additionally, part of the surrounding area became an outdoor sculpture gallery, hosting the artist’s creations, which made the whole project a two-fold challenge.

Liapis' Workshop 1 in Boeotia,Greece

In an agricultural plot of 4,000 m2, among olive trees, oleanders and cypress trees in Boeotia, the Greek architectural office A31 designed the new workshop of the painter and sculptor Alexandros Liapis. Additionally, part of the surrounding area became an outdoor sculpture gallery, hosting the artist’s creations, which made the whole project a two-fold challenge.

Liapis' Workshop 2 in Boeotia,Greece

The building had to be connected with the surrounding area, and at the same time with the exhibited artwork. There were three main targets in the basic approach of the design. The construction of the building had to be affordable, structurally regimented and honest and had to create a sense of plasticity, in order to converse with the spirit of the Greek landscape.

Liapis' Workshop 3 in Boeotia,Greece

Liapis' Workshop 4 in Boeotia,Greece

The building is constructed with visible concrete and its special characteristic is a vault as crowning, an architectural element that was widely used from antiquity to Modernism, which interacts with the intimate space of the artist’s house, the "cell."

Liapis' Workshop 5 in Boeotia,Greece

This new art studio is oriented along a north - south axis and its orthogonal plan view is divided into three zones. The first zone is where the artist lives, the second zone is where he works, and the third zone, the attic, serves as warehouse space. A minimal rectilinear staircase, with cantilevered concrete steps, visually connects the two levels of the building and at the same time serves as exhibition stands. 

Interior Liapis' Workshop in Boeotia,Greece

Interior Liapis' Workshop 2 in Boeotia,Greece

The windows, which are horizontal sections in the building cell, have been placed in certain spots based on the sun’s trajectory and the required interior lighting and cross ventilation. The building is exclusively constructed with concrete, oxidised metal frames and industrial flooring. The rough and monochromatic style of the building affects, and is affected by, the art projects of Mr. Liapis, and thus creates a seamless sculptural result.

This art studio represented Greece in the International Competition Piranesi in 2009 and was presented in the 6th Bienalle of Young Greek Architects that took place in the Benaki Museum.

Are there any workshops in the country you live, that are also architectural achievements?

Credits : Images by the photographer Yiannis Hadjiaslanis and data linked to sources.

The original article, published in Greek, can be found here.

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Dafni Dimitriadi is a student of Architecture at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. Her numerous experiences in participating in architectural competitions have helped her understand the importance of research and design. She is interest...

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