"Field of Life" is a non-profit organization whose mission is to create a center where children and adolescents can develop personalities, discover their special talents and skills and become well-rounded individuals by participating in various athletic, cultural and academic activities and programs. The project will be implemented with an endowment by Stavros Niarchos Foundation.
Three completely different scenes comprise the base of our concept: the urban backyard, the schoolyard and the small-scale yard of the typical Athenian neighborhood house. The carefree and creative sensation of the urban backyard, the educational organized system of the schoolyard and the feeling of protection and introversion of the family home yard are all very important parts of the spatial experience connected to a child growing up and forming a sense of self. These three scenes represent the natural transition from the protected microcosm of childhood to the adventurous reality of life.
Small-scale forms and configurations are required, not only in order to suit a child’s age and perception of space, but also to prevent exposure to the nearby industrial buildings, so that the environment feels friendly and protective. For this reason, we propose a horizontal development of the building expanding to the perimeter of the plot and at the same time perforated in various places. In this way we create a fair amount of empty spaces -or atriums, which allow natural light to reach the interior of the building and contribute to the functional unity of all the levels. These open-air atriums are the reinterpretation of the urban backyard, the schoolyard and the house yard. It is a symbolic way to imprint onto the building the spatial experience of the urban landscape of contemporary Athens and the transition of the child from their home to their school and then to the city.
Our primary intention is to create a place of social interaction in which students can meet, engage in athletic activities or relax. Within this space, a young person can introspect and explore the depths of their mind and soul so that they can obtain the means necessary for discovering their talents and conquer their future.