Pithos Public Trash Can by Nikolaos Ikaros Baskozos

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Pithos

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Public Trash Can

INSPIRATION:
What inspired this project is a desire to explore a traditional form, an ancient Greek terracotta jar in this case, and to reuse it in accordance with its properties. An ancient terracotta jar was used for storing food or other things, while a trash can is also a temporary storage space for litter. Drawing analogies between an ancient form and a new use for it could result as such to expressive and historically vibrant objects.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
This litter bin design is based on the form of an ancient Greek terracotta jar. By attributing to the ancient form appropriate and contemporary functionality, the new object becomes vivid, while it triggers memory recollection. The design approach is minimalist. Few interventions were made to the original form. A single casting material is used as the main material which is ideal for enhanced replication.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
The bin bag is attached to an iron ring. To replace it, at first, one has to open the stainless steel lid. A second shutter seals the waste hole and prevents rainwater from entering the bin.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
This design is part of an ongoing project that started in accordance with a Pan-Hellenic Street Furniture Competition for the Dodecanese islands(2018), but carried on and became a series of street furniture designs.

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
The use of a high-durability casting material was necessary for the construction of this form. Fiber reinforced cementitious mortar was chosen as the main material, which provides high mechanical and aesthetic performance in small thicknesses. The manufacturing process requires the use of a mold which makes this material ideal for enhanced replication. The opening lid is made from stainless steel.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
660mmx660mmx931mm, stainless steel, fiber reinforced concrete

TAGS:
Trash can, litter bin, terracotta jar, ancient, Greek, fiber reinforced mortar, cement, public furniture, street furniture, pithos

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
Vernacular forms from Dodecanese islands, but also forms from a broader spectrum of Greek history were looked into before concluding to the ancient jar as an appropriate form for a contemporary bin.

CHALLENGE:
The biggest challenge was the research itself, to find an appropriate vernacular form for a contemporary bin. Another challenge, concerning the design process, was to reference the original form only to the point of triggering a memory recollection and not literally replicate it in an obvious way.

ADDED DATE:
2019-02-24 23:19:41

TEAM MEMBERS (1) :
Nikolaos Ikaros Baskozos

IMAGE CREDITS:
Image #1: Architect Nikolaos Ikaros Baskozos, Pithos, 2019.
Image #2: Architect Nikolaos Ikaros Baskozos, Pithos, 2019.
Image #3: Architect Nikolaos Ikaros Baskozos, Pithos, 2019.
Image #4: Architect Nikolaos Ikaros Baskozos, Pithos, 2019.
Image #5: Architect Nikolaos Ikaros Baskozos, Pithos, 2019.


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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
Nikolaos Ikaros Baskozos

PROFILE:
Nikolaos Ikaros Baskozos' studio is an architecture and furniture design practice based in Athens, Greece. Baskozos considers architectural theory to be an essential aspect of architectural design. His theoretical and design approach to architecture has been complementary to his furniture design endeavors.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Pithos Public Trash Can by Nikolaos Ikaros Baskozos is a Nominee in Street Furniture Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Pithos Public Trash Can by Nikolaos Ikaros Baskozos is Winner in Street Furniture Design Category, 2018 - 2019.



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