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Thursday, February 17, 2011

STUDENTS PROJECTS-Costume Culture Museum

Costume Culture Museum

The creation of a space dedicated exclusively to the garment, is a result of a real and intensely appeared necessity, with crowd of exhibitions in the past few years in Greece.

Student: Xipolia Eleni
Supervisor: Katherine Liapi 
 Architecture, University of Patras
Presentation Date: September 30th 2010


The purpose of such a museum is to introduce a real dialogue on the study of the garment, approaching it from all points of view. This intention is reinforced by housing different functional programs, such as sites for temporary and permanent exhibitions, conference rooms, workshops, catwalks and the library. The research, the information, the planning, the creation and the exhibition, assembling  in one building, intending to the correlation between the history of garments and the contemporary creation.
Such a use that intends to support its powerful presence and also its international character could only be in the country's capital, close to the major centers of arts and culture. Piraeus Avenue, the axis that connects the center with the sea, is today probably the most interesting background to any artistic activity. So, near to Gazi, Athinaida, Benaki Museum, the School of Fine Arts and the Foundation of the Hellenic Worlds, where memory meets the modern city's identity, is added the Costume Culture Museum, upgrading the cultural identity of this urban artery.
More specifically, the field of study is placed in Taurus, at the junction of Piraeus  avenue and Hamosternas street. Taking into account this important junction,  the diagonal of the city block is the basic designing axis and thus the main axis of motion, by which are organised the rest mappings out of the building.
The concept of motion on this axis is expressed through a ramp, which constitutes the fundamental element of the designing logic, following  a wedge shape, to give intensity and dynamism  in the perspective  and led the visitor through a way to the main entrance of the museum. The building thus is divided in two, allowing the public space to enter the area within the site, offering to the visitor different aspects of light and shadows, multiple choices of observations, but also entrances in different functional spaces of the museum.
Then, two opposite logics, the concept of motion and the concept of static come together,   by repeating but also turning the wedge ramp at the other diagonal of the plot. The intersection of these two forms creates a gap, which allows both the import and diffusion of natural light inside the building, and the visual contact between the different levels.
The whole building, finds its architectural expression through this logic of the wedge shape, filtering parallel and diagonal axes of the urban background.  Is thus created the composition of three basic volumes of different heights, which encloses the individual functional programs of the museum.
In the first level is created a square of different levels, while in the built space are placed the temporary exhibitions, workshops, the laboratories of maintenance and the conference spaces with a cafeteria, uses that have the possibility of functioning also autonomously from the basic spaces of the museum.
The second volume includes the main lobby of the museum and the permanent collection of the exhibition in conjunction with multimedia interactive installations and the projection rooms. This volume encloses an additional level, which is the main part of the exhibition, the core of the museum space, where the exhibits are placed in chronological order following selected stations in the development of the history of clothing, from its beginnings up to the modern era.
At the last main volume, in a flimsy box with view to Acropolis and Lycabettus Hill is developing the catwalk space for the fashion shows.


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