As consultants to the architecture team in charge
we provided assistance in shaping the concept design
regarding the permanent exhibition,
by focusing its key points
on the approved preliminary museological study
provided to the competitors.
In both entries our aim was to focus
on how the permanent exhibition helps highlight
the architectural shell as well as the content design,
by providing depth in terms of meaning and narrative.
In the proposal WW33350219,
architects propose an open plan space
within a building addition,
in the northeast part of the complex.
The permanent exhibition is hosted there
and its main feature is flexibility.
The primary narrative line is chronological.
The space design provides immediate accessibility
to all thematic units.
In addition, small visual prospects are offered
at selected points ,
highlighting key exhibits of the collection,
like the warrior’s statue, so-called “Leonidas”
The walls that define the permanent exhibition
are substantially lower
compared to the free height of the building’s exterior walls,
in an attempt to produce
a sense of supervision of the visitor’s movement.
The small kiosks dedicated to the scenario’s “transitions”
dominate the space in a repetitive way
at the heart of each unit
and as prominent architectural elements
further assist visitors’ orientation.
In the proposal MS50100501,
the permanent archaeological exhibition
is organized on the first floor of the new building,
completely separate from
the Zenetos factory relics, known as “HYMOFIX”.
Each section is characterized by a design gesture,
directly referring to the rich and complex meanings
of the approved preliminary museological scenario.
Rhythm, pace and motives
have been carefully orchestrated,
in order for the visitor to sometimes interact,
others discover and be part of micro environments
in each step of the way.
All exhibition design constructions are free standing,
permitting the architectural shell to host
large scale graphic design or act as
an inviting background for the visitor’s eye.
KIZI STUDIO SA
Yannis and Costandis Kizis, heads of design team
Emmanuel Simiakakis, Marianna Mela,
Joanna Gritziani, architects
9.000m² (of which
3.500m² exhibition space)