Museum for Argo in Volos Ilida – Honourable Mention (2014)

Honourable Mention at the architectural competition, 2014


Sofia Tsiraki, Stavros Koumoutsos, Zoe Alexandropoulou

Consulting Architect:

Tassos Biris

Collaborating Architect:

Magda Chambaloglou



The design originates from the ground as its natural extension, through short concrete planted planes, creating a first, robust, chthonic receptor. A second one comes up, by timber frame construction, with proportionate inclined banks forming the central exhibition core for Argo. As a magnified spatial offset of the ship, the construction protectively surrounds it, and rises up above it. Thus, a landmark “non-building” with the sophisticated, fluid, non-Cartesian form of a “shuttle” is created, in correlation with the form of the ship in top view and elevation. The central space is adjoined with supplementary exhibitions and visitor facilities, while a multilevel perception of the ship is achieved through an upcoming course by a wooden mild ramp concluding at the café and the level of temporary exhibitions. On the axis of the Argo exhibition space, a multipurpose hall functions as a rest area with view of the ship, while it is proposed to plant a small “Dodonian” oak on top of it, as a mythic symbol.

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