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  • Joanne S, Georgia S, Eleni C


Date: Sept ‘18, 9th semester

Location: Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

Project type: Urban Design, Academic

Group Work: Joanne Spyridi, Georgia Strinopoulou, Eleni Chasioti

Supervisor: Dimitris Gourdoukis



The expression “architecture in excess” indicates, among other things, our desire to see architectural design process as an open exploration towards diverse, anticipated and / or unforeseen, known and / or unknown directions. We perceive architecture as innovative and one to take risks, to exceed without over exaggerating, to surpass – without rejecting – existing programmatic and regulatory frameworks. We believe that “excess”, both as a theoretical concept and as a practical gesture, will give us useful stimuli for creative, critical and responsible architectural thinking. We attempt to search theoretically and most of all through design, all the possibilities, the limits, and those interesting challenges, that architecture faces today, with the structure and the human experience of a specific urban public space. In our architectural design project, the purpose is to design a new public space of information, pleasure and desire, a new spectacular landmark for the city of Thessaloniki, in a unique site with historical information for the city life.

Lemon City Film School is a new college within the city which encourages every creative and artistic student. We experimented with the materiality both as a concept and as a tool for our synthesis. The result is a set of 4 shells extremely embossed with a rocky, flowy material, that produces both internal and external space, perforated with various windows. The focus of the design is to create a space that provides inspiration for the students, and acts as a background both for their everyday life and their film creations.

Architecture is not what fills the space but what generates it. When considering the link between architectural space and film space, one must consider that space is ultimately generated in our mind: it is a combination of our perception, our experience of space, altered or pondered by such things as our personal knowledge, memory and our state of mind. The real space, like the filmic space you reconfigure in your mind from irreconcilable snippets, and different points of view, is ultimately a mental space.

Film and Architecture

Architecture still defines itself though permanence. The major link between film and architecture is time. They are time sensitive mediums. Film as a medium has the ability to capture the life cycles of architecture and place. It can be used strategically to discuss these, and the memories held within a certain building. In film, space is experienced through sounds, motions and e-motions, and we comprehend its invisible boundaries. Film is therefore a good material of study to expand our understanding of architecture.

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