suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
dimitris GROZOPOULOS: Metéora is a complex of vertical rocks in central Greece (etymologically similar to “meteorite”). It means “suspended in the air” and was created when a mountain was smashed into smaller parts under the influence of geological and natural phenomena. Asceticism, from Ancient Greek: “ἄσκησις,” is the act which describes a lifestyle characterized by exercise, restraint and abstinence from cosmic pleasures, often associated with the pursuit of religious and spiritual goals. It is found in several religions, including Christianity or Buddhism.
“Skites,” from an Egyptian desert name “Skitis” which was known in the 4th century for the crowd of monks assembled there, called the whole monastic community, which includes many cabins in the middle of which lies the main temple. “Skites” in Metéora are located in caves.
This proposal attempts to investigate spatial characteristics and geometrical forms inspired by shipbuilding engineering and specially the structural elements of a ship (such as elliptical cross sections), but also, by monastic architecture such as the retreats of monks. Through a process of abstraction, a network of spaces is created on Metéora, using geometry of parabola and an algorithmic procedure which specifies the scale of intervention. The final result is similar to “skites”, and gives visitors the opportunity to stop, contemplate, observe, isolate or even meditate. Moreover, this network expands serving vertical movement, in similarity with the communication network in “skites”. Finally, a peculiar path is formed that sometimes goes through the rock and sometimes on the edge of it, creating staging points, revealing the view in an unexpected way, making the spatial experience unique for each visitor.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
dG: Greg Lynn, Antonas, Biothing
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
dG: Broken Synths
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
dG: BIG, Aranda n Lash, Tokujin Yoshioka, Satone.
Additional credits and links:
Professor V. Tentokali, Prof. I. Gramatikos, S. Duke, S. Nikolakaki, A. Moras.