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papalampropoulos syriopoulou

die wunderkammer

Status: Architectural Competition / Piraeus Port Authority (PPA)

Program: Redesign of existing building into the Archaeological Thematic Museum of Peiraeus

Area: 11.000m2
Year: 2014
Location: Peiraeus, Greece

Architects: Leonidas Papalampropoulos, Georgia Syriopoulou
Collaborator: Alexis Tsakalakis-Karkas


The project critically re-examines the linear narrative of a museum collection proposing instead a new hyper textual way of viewing the archive based upon the concept of WANDERING. Going back to the archetype of the "Cabinet of Curiosities" (Wunderkammer) it reaches for a new type of subject (the STROLLER) who re-interprets the semiotic language produced by the collection, through the  process of freely wandering inside the architectural space. The character of the stroll thus transforms from a didactic into a fictional one, subverting the linear correlation between the narrative and the artifacts. This process can be paralleled to Polyfilo's stroll during his dream inside an archaeological landscape where the narrative derives from the subject's fictional world.


The manipulation of the existing building is based on the transformation of the public spaces into a CHAMBER-GARDEN through the subtraction of one part of the existing volume (north wing) and the insertion of a landscape of wandering in the heart of the building. A glass roof assembled of steel frames covers the central void and completes the process of  rehabilitation, by creating the proper conditions for the garden and the natural but still controlled lighting of the exhibition space. This central gesture attempts to establish a new identity for the Museum through the tautological relation between exterior form and interior structure. The connection of the building to the Archaeological Site and the wider network of the Cultural Zone of the Port is fulfilled through the insertion of the South Gallery along the Museum's facade to the Square.

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