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Dublin based practice, Boyd Cody Architects have been invited to participate in the group show ‘Made in Athens’ at the Greek Pavilion curated by Panos Dragonas + Anna Skiada at the 13th Architecture Biennale, Venice this year which opens on the 28th August 2012.
Part of KM Properties, an exciting urban intiative by Oliaros in the historic downtown neighbourhood of Kerameikos Metaxourgeio (KM) in Athens, Boyd Cody Architects have worked alongside other internationally renowned practices such as BIG, Atelier BowWow, decaArchitecture and Harry Gugger to identify and build on the existing architectural characteristics of KM, while looking to introduce new urban morphologies, with a view to offering a contemporary living and working environment with a diverse, creative, multicultural and social mix.
Boyd Cody Architects’ proposal is for a mixed-use development that fronts onto the newly pedestrianised Iasonos Street at the heart of the area, bounded by Agisilaou and Kerameikou streets.
The project incorporates two existing villas situated along the street; the individual blocks stepping in section to both address and moderate between the shifting scales of the surrounding housing and retail developments. The six-storey block fronting to Agisilaou is complimented by two and three storey structures that help create the more intimate environment of Iasonos street. A diverse mix of houses, duplexes and apartments, of varying size, provides for a shared communal living experience around an extended series of private gardens, patios and terraces, located on different levels. The inhabitants benefit from the provision of ample outdoor living space, a defining characteristic of the proposal.
Boyd Cody Architects’ participation in the Greek Pavilion further reinforces Irelands’ strong international architectural profile at this year’s Biennale.
Boyd Cody Architects are Dermot Boyd Peter Cody John Maguire and Oran O’Siochain.