Cubes Aleorion Lighthouse by Vasilis Mylonas

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Cubes Aleorion

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Lighthouse

INSPIRATION:
The project was inspired by the so called Aleorion of Xerxes, built around 480 BC and once stood on the reef Lefteris of the Aegean Sea, Greece. It is considered as the most ancient maritime safety structure in the world, built 250 years before the Lighthouse of Alexandria. The Dolomite stones, used for the construction of the lighthouse were placed on top of each other forming a tower that functioned as a warning sign of the reef and the nearby very shallow waters.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
The Cubes Aleorion is a proposal for a new lighthouse for the port of Volos, Greece. A tower is formed by cube shaped all concrete blocks that are placed upon each other, are horizontally slightly shifted off center and are cut out in various ways, creating internal voids that house the stairway to the top. It is a modern interpretation of the so called Aleorion of Xerxes, originally built around 480 BC in the middle of the sea passage between Skiathos island and mount Pelion in central Greece.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
The vertical circulation, besides a necessity for technical and maintenance purposes, serves as an open invitation to visitors to explore the structure and enjoy the view. Each level frames a different viewpoint of the bay, thus creating new perspectives of the city, the port, the sea and opposite coast of the Pagasetic Gulf. The casual walk on the paved breakwater is enriched with a new end-destination, encouraging the extension of the city waterfront promenade onto the sea. A new landmark of the port and the city is born.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
Cubes Aleorion location is the port of Volos, Greece

FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Architecture, Building and Structure Design

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
Cubes Aleorion design concept was developed on the basis of cube shaped concrete blocks placed upon each other. The blocks are horizontally shifted around the main vertical axis, gradually differentiate in size and finally are cut out in various ways, creating internal voids and openings. Inside the hollow space created, the stairway to the top is being placed. The exposed all-concrete lighthouse structure echoes the materiality of the port breakwater and the urban character of the surroundings.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Design concept was developed on the basis of cube shaped concrete blocks placed upon each other, forming a 14.25m tower.

TAGS:
lighthouse, concrete, brutalism, observatory, port, greece

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
The research spanned almost the whole naval history of Greece and finally found inspiration at the most ancient maritime safety structure in the world that once stood on the reef Lefteris, in the middle of the sea passage between Skiathos island and mount Pelion in central Greece

CHALLENGE:
The real challenge was to create ana architectural form that respects various factors at the same time, such the landmark position of the lighthouse at the entry of the city port, the materiallity and aesthetics of the urban enviroment and the long history roots of the city and the port itself and the character of a maritime nation sailing the Mediterranean for thousand of years.

ADDED DATE:
2021-06-14 08:37:38

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IMAGE CREDITS:
Image #1: Creator Vasilis Mylonas, Cubes Aleorion 01, 2021.
Image #2: Creator Vasilis Mylonas, Cubes Aleorion 02, 2021.
Image #3: Creator Vasilis Mylonas, Cubes Aleorion 03, 2021.
Image #4: Creator Vasilis Mylonas, Cubes Aleorion 04, 2021.
Image #5: Creator Vasilis Mylonas, Cubes Aleorion 05, 2021.

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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
bo.M Design Studio

PROFILE:
Vasilis Mylonas is an aspiring multidisciplinary Architect coming from a diverse background spanning an Intergated Master in Surveying Engineering, a thesis on organic waste management and professional experience in solid biomass fuel production and production line management at an industrial scale. As a freelancer, he has also worked on furniture as well as industrial design projects for private clients. Currently Vasilis Mylonas is leading bo.M Architecture & Design Studio, a small architecture and design practice based in city of Volos, Greece operating since 2017 in residential, commercial, private and public projects of various scales. The studio’s work is currently mainly focused on private residential projects including detached houses, apartment blocks, social housing, restorations, renovations and interior design incorporating an holistic approach from concept to construction, including 3D visualization, engineering work and site supervision. bo.M Architecture & Design Studio is actively working with many independent engineers, developers and contractors to ensure project’s demands and specifications are met even to the finest detail. At the same time, the studio has developed a special concern on public space and landmark design as part of a more comprehensive way to study, re-interpret, redesign and contribute to the urban built environment of modern cities. Projects include open spaces, museums and restoration, adaptation an re-use concepts of old and decommissioned industrial buildings. Though the studio works mainly locally, it also undertakes projects on national and international scale. In 2021 it has won Architizer A+Award Popular Choice Award, after being shortlisted by the jury academy as a finalist among five international entries.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Cubes Aleorion Lighthouse by Vasilis Mylonas is a Nominee in Architecture, Building and Structure Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Cubes Aleorion Lighthouse by Vasilis Mylonas is Winner in Architecture, Building and Structure Design Category, 2021 - 2022.



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