Distinction in the architectural competition of a Museum for the utilization of "Argo" in the city of Volos, Greece
The project is about a museum, that will exhibit the restored model of the legendary ship and present the journey, with the crew of Argonauts. The museum can be included in a global expertise network, characterized by liquidity, volatility and versatility, features that support the properties of digital technology and symbolize overshoot. The myth takes place in the Mediterranean sea, between the three continents: Europe, Asia and Africa. The three rings that symbolize the different continents are transferred to the new structure of the museum and are having a common reference to Argo. The structure of the ship and symbolisms are the starting point of this spatial transport. The shape of the sail generates the geometry of the spatial implementation of rings. The three white rings interact with each other, forming an interplay between gapped and filled areas that eventually define the outline. The navigation of the ancient times was directly dependent on the direction and intensity of currents prevailing at sea that subsequently defined the travel paths. The trace route results from the correlation of consecutive streams and windings between the mainland. The hull defines a section that develops on the continuous line of currents, creating individual basic units of the Museum. The visitor moves through the Museum following the wooden structure, like a modern Argonaut aboard the Argo. Starting from the entrance, a continuous path of ramps is created, starting from the area of information in the central foyer and after it spirals between all areas of exhibition returns to it. The descent to the space of Argo is an ever-changing experience, including both the individual theme units as well as Argo, the ship itself. The visitor, as a modern Argonaut, moves to a higher level than the Argo where dark wooden floors take him aboard to the legendary ship. Continuing its course towards the hall that describes shipbuilding methods of the time, the visitor can try to paddle at the construction with the oars. Arriving at the level of Argo, there is an interactive table explaining the constellations that would orient the Argonauts. The visitor has the possibility, by illuminating the constellations, to identify them and orient themselves. At the lower level of the museum, we are moving parallel to the level of the shallow water surface resembling the vast sea in which Argo is travelling. An important component of the area is the special glass panel symbolizing the overshoot obtained by the Argonauts, by passing the Symplegades and seeing for the first time the infinite ocean.