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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Table / Athenes Public Housing in Athens, Greece by Kotaro horiuchi architecture

February 8th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Kotaro horiuchi architecture

Eating’ is one of the most crucial and basic activities of human existence. Relocation of ‘Eating’ space from interior space to exterior space will result in expanding the activity of ‘communication’ into open communal spaces.  Traditional eating space will be removed from buildings and relocated to shared space called table.

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  • Architect: Kotaro horiuchi architecture
  • Name of Project: Table / Athenes Public Housing
  • Location: Athens, Greece
  • Program: Public housing
  • Plot area: 200 m2
  • Built area: 420 m2

By removing the ’Eating’ functions from the building program, the size of the floor space in the building will be kept to minimum functions.  The conventional private activity of eating will transform into a new type of communal communication space.

Dwellings, such as dormitory and housing units, traditional compartments of ‘Dining room’ and ’Kitchen’ are transformed into the exterior communal space table. Hotels, offices and restaurants will also have table. Educational, library and public buildings will also create table.  Connecting different types of programs through the continuous space ‘table ‘.  TABLE will bring us the new type of eating and communication culture in contemporary urban lifestyle.


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The site is in the historical Kerameikos and Metaxourgeio district (KM) that is probably the least populated part of downtown Athens. The required programme is the housing unit should be capable of hosting 18 students in 440M2 of primary use. And a general plan with a viral-type development scenario is required.

Process of creating TABLE is as follow:

  1. Create volumes with the minimum functions for each program
  2. Remove the function of ‘eating’ from the core volumes, and relocate it outside of volume in order to create TABLE spaces.
  3. Joining adjacent TABLEs vertically and horizontally into continuous space will create three dimensional landscapes in larger scale.
  4. Diverse culture, people from different field will communicate / interact through TABLE.
  5. The TABLE culture will expand to urban scale and will have an effect on the eating culture in the bigger area of the city of Athens


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Student housing

  1. Interior space of the dormitory is limited to the function of a minimum individual use.
  2. Allocate gathered functions between 2 levels based on the character of programs, private in contrast with semi-private.
  3. Introduce vertical flow within the unit, and define the boundaries in the plan.
  4. Configured 2 units will compose 1 volume. In-between space of configured Tetris will create various relationships with exterior shared space TABLE.


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Kotaro horiuchi architecture

Kotaro HORIUCHI was born in 1978 in Nagoya AICHI, JAPAN. He received a master degree in urbanism and architecture from graduate school of university,Tokyo JAPAN.

In 2009 he established his own Paris-based practice, Tokyo and Nagoya practices, after gaining experience through world renowned architecture firms such as: DPA – Dominique Perrault Architecture (Paris, France), MecanooArchitecten (Delft, The Netherlands), and PPAG – PopelkaPoduschkaArchitekten (Vienna, Austria) from 2003 to 2009.

Kotaro HORIUCHI’s architectural design firm – Kotaro Horiuchi Architecture- is headquartered in Nagoya AICHI, JAPAN, works on multiple projects of architecture, urban design and interior design around the world. He won Silver Award of JCD Design Award 2011.


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