Authors : Stefanos Ziras and Anait Karaoglanian

University : University of Thessaly

Status : MArch, 2014

Advisor : Elias Zenghelis

Title : Depositorium

In this New Age, cities are expanding and slowly devouring the landscape that surrounds them. The need for further development and expansion seems to be a given in today’s society, however we must propose a new system which might be a great design solution to these environmental, social, and urban issues. If we want to protect our landscape, we must set an [outer] boundary for the new city ·

In this scenario the boundary itself becomes a building, a city, a society, that encapsulates the existing and reforms it by limiting it. The “Depositorium” is one such boundary that has topological significance for the city of Volos. It surrounds the city with an ever-expanding structural network on which one can deposit his identity by creating space in which to live, or by contributing to the society that is born there.

Deriving from memories and history, the “Depositorium” becomes a metaphorical center of labor, industry, culture and progress. For years, Volos had a prospering naval industry and it is on this industry that the “Deposritorium” is based on. By creating a shipyard on land we strive to give life back to an otherwise forgotten history. This landmark has an expanding capacity of 50,000 residents many of which work on the shipyard while others contribute to the society in other ways.

At one point during an endless cycle of labor and rebirth, the ship becomes the  symbol of the society’s achievements in industry and culture. Once a ship is completed and begins its journey, it will take with it memories and parts of the culture that created it, in an effort to spread those ideals to other parts of the world.

First and foremost, the “Depositorium” is a new society and a new way of imagining the city of tomorrow, a heterotopian vision of a new model of habitation and social structure.

Interview

S//A : What’s the most important aspect of this project that we should be aware of?
Stefanos Ziras + Anait Karaoglanian_ The project does not describe a building but rather an experience of being part of a heterotopian self-organizing society. What we see is a typical day in the life of a person living and working in the Depositorium. He or she is contributing towards the ultimate goal of completing the construction of a ship. This ship, as an allegorical end to the common purpose will then leave in search of new lands beyond the horizon. A new ship will start being built then, as the circle of Labor and death is once again drawn.

S//A : What other fields outside of architecture interest you?
SZ + AK_ Our work is always driven by philosophy, psychology ,sociology as well as Net Art

S//A : Most important thing you learned in architecture school?
SZ + AK_ That we need less Architecture

S//A : Describe your dream project
SZ + AK_ Our dream project would never be completed. There is a beauty in that which is not completed because what is there describes the intention of an idea rather than the idea itself. It can become anything and everything since it does not exist as a building but rather as an accumulation of individual purposes that the user appoints. Our dream project would be a global network of uncompleted buildings that come alive through the user.