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Student Showcase Archive

Ioanna Gkritzani

MA work

MA work

  • Proposal Long Section

    Proposal Long Section

  • Burial Site and Memorial Axonometric View

    Burial Site and Memorial Axonometric View , Ioanna Gkritzani, Interior Design 2015

  • Proposal Masterplan

    Proposal Masterplan

  • The Underworld: the abstracted hourglass echoes the passage of time with drops of water

    The Underworld: the abstracted hourglass echoes the passage of time with drops of water

  • The Underworld: a space for ceremonial rituals, retreat, mourning and healing

    The Underworld: a space for ceremonial rituals, retreat, mourning and healing

  • The Pomegranate Hall: the red columns are 'blocking' the way, symbolising the six seeds of pomegranate Hades gave to Persephone

    The Pomegranate Hall: the red columns are 'blocking' the way, symbolising the six seeds of pomegranate Hades gave to Persephone

  • The Seeds Bank: the containers store the seeds that will be planted at the burial site

    The Seeds Bank: the containers store the seeds that will be planted at the burial site

  • The Ascent: the introduction of natural light signifies the return back to Earth

    The Ascent: the introduction of natural light signifies the return back to Earth

  • The Ending: the journey ends at the harbour, where a circular staircase leads back to the coast, implying a repetition

    The Ending: the journey ends at the harbour, where a circular staircase leads back to the coast, implying a repetition

  • Eco-Burial Capsules-Concept Drawing

    Eco-Burial Capsules-Concept Drawing

Arboretum Morti: Tracing the myth of Persephone in modern Eleusis

'How can spatial devices be used as means of storytelling?'

The question of whether a storyline could be translated into a narrative sequence of spatial events developed the thesis of a 'psycho-plastic' expression of the myth of Persephone, one of the oldest Greek myths. The philosophical core of the story reflects on the universal concepts of life, death and rebirth and the archetypal themes of duality, transition, metamorphosis and the circle of life.

The site of Eleusis (West Attica, Greece) was chosen due to its strong bonds to the myth and its unique genius loci, comprised by an amalgamation of historical layers and exceptional juxtapositions.

Tracing the symbolic links within the site, a memorial is proposed under the acropolis hill, creating a conceptual 'thread' that connects the archaeological site with the industrial zone. The memorial serves multi-layered purposes; it reflects the storyline, leads to a natural burial site and can be used as a space for ceremonial rituals, retreat , mourning and healing.

The Arboretum Morti is an eco-friendly 'memory garden', an unconventional necropolis; bodies are buried in capsules*, on top of which a seed is planted to grow into a tree. This contemporary interpretation of the morals of the myth celebrates the idea of coming 'full circle', treating death not as the end but as the beginning of a new life.

The project wishes to encourage a deeper connection between the Man and the Earth and also to cultivate a spiritual and historical awareness at a time of socio-economical hardship for Greece.

*A product with these specifications has been promoted in Italy by the designers Anna Citelli and Raoul Bretzel under the name Capsula Mundi.

Info

Info

  • MA Degree

    School

    School of Architecture

    Programme

    MA Interior Design, 2015

  • Degrees

  • BA (Hons) Architecture, University of Kent, 2012
  • Experience

  • Architectural assistant, Kemp Muir Wealleans and Stefan Zins Associates, London 2012–13
  • Exhibitions

  • London Festival of Architecture, Balfron Tower, London 2014; Work in Progress Show, Royal College of Art, London 2013–14 ; International Baccalaureate Fine Art Showcase, National Planetarium, Athens, 2009