As if

buerger katsota architects

as: Forty years of development, ruthless consumption of the environment and conflicting policies transformed an unbuilt area of outstanding natural beauty into an illegal aggregation of irrational tourist investments, an informal massive hotel.

if: The quantified data of the horizontal development are projected into an offshore, 88-storey vertical assembly equaling the current surface. At a ratio of 55% solid - 45% void, various external areas enhance the Mediterranean experience.

as if is a critique and projection of an alternative reality.

Team: Stephan Buerger, Demetra Katsota, Spyros Ampanavos, Constantinos Petrakos

Photographs: Stamatina Kontou

 Stephan Buerger: Master in Architecture, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University (2001). AADipl(Hons), Architectural Association School of Architecture (1998). Registered architect with the Chamber of Austrian Architects (ZT) and the Architects’ Registration Board (ARB), UK.

Demetra Katsota: Assistant Professor in Architectural Design at the Department of Architecture, University of Patras. Master in Architecture, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University (2001). AADipl, Architectural Association School of Architecture (1996). Chartered member of the Royal Institute of British Architects.

buerger katsota architects were established in 2005 with offices in Athens and Vienna. The practice is currently involved in a wide range of international projects, as well as in academic research on architecture. buerger katsota architects’ work has been awarded prizes in several architectural competitions, widely published in reviews and publications and exhibited internationally. In 2012, the practice participated in the 13th Architecture Biennale of Venice with the project ‘PXATHENS’. ‘Patras Student Studios’ project has received the ‘public and common use’ category award by the Hellenic Institute of Architecture [2013 Awards] and ‘Villa S’ in Vienna - AT was awarded by the Union of Greek Architects, the ‘architecture beyond borders’ award [2010].